Nayibis Pacheco, Psychology

Psychology graduate’s health classes helped her with personal medical challenge GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Nayibis Pacheco remembers sitting in the front row of graduates at commencement, dressed in her cap and gown. It felt surreal to look around and to see herself surrounded by a sea of faces waiting for the graduates’ names to be called,

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John Chaffin, Psychology

Student’s personal experiences play key role in career decisions GAINESVILLE, Fla. – When John Chaffin (B.A. ’18) was in high school, he failed out of algebra. He didn’t understand basic concepts such as long division, fractions, or negative numbers. Fourteen years, three college programs, and three remedial math courses later, Chaffin graduated summa cum laude

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Cynthia Tillman, Business Administration

Back in business: UF employee goes back to school for business degree GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Cynthia Tillman took a 33-year hiatus in her education before returning back to school for her bachelor’s degree via UF Online. The Gainesville native graduated in May 2018 with a degree in business administration. When Tillman first earned her associate’s

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Jillian Purner, Business

Business student graduates as outstanding scholar at 18 years old GAINESVILLE, Fla. – In seventh grade, Jillian Purner was bored in her classes because she felt the pace of the curriculum was holding her back. Recognizing her potential to do more, she began taking online classes. As a result of that initiative, Purner finished ninth

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Ashley Nicolls, Environmental Management

Student takes online courses to travel and pursue dream of becoming park biologist GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The first time 27-year-old Ashley Nicolls visited Redwood National Park in California, she cried from excitement. “Everything was breathtaking — the skyscraper-tall trees and you’re immersed in the middle of them; the trees are full of color and the

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Michael Brignola

This is one profile in a series featuring the first Gator graduates who were admitted to UF through the PaCE program. Online and on-campus hybrid gives student best of both worlds GAINESVILLE, Fla. – After high school, Michael Brignola knew he wanted to stay in his hometown of Sunrise for one year to save money

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Ines Acosta

This is one profile in a series featuring the first Gator graduates who were admitted to UF through the PaCE program. Popular play influences student’s career goals GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A video of a commencement speech by playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda changed the career path for Weston native, Ines Acosta. Acosta remembers sitting at home at

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Alexa Tirse

This is one profile in a series featuring the first Gator graduates who were admitted to UF through the PaCE program. Finding a balance: student leader serves campus community GAINESVILLE, Fla. – While some students take advantage of creating their own schedules in college by sleeping in, senior English major Alexa Tirse maximizes every minute

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Ian Tygar

This is one profile in a series featuring the first Gator graduates who were admitted to UF through the PaCE program. Student overcomes adversity to complete bachelor’s degree GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Senior history major Ian Tygar didn’t speak his first words until he was two or three years old. But when his sentences began to

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Amber Sowell

This is one profile in a series featuring the first Gator graduates who were admitted to UF through the PaCE program. Ahead of the curve: 19-year-old to graduate two years early GAINESVILLE, Fla. – V. Amber Sowell had always been ahead of the curve. At the age of 7, she skipped second grade. At 16,

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