Ladonna Stewart didn’t just graduate from Malcolm X College in May of 2017 with her associate degree, she did so with honors. To say she’s come a long way would be an understatement.

After being away from school for decades, she first needed to get her GED. She persevered, however, and when she passed the test, she told herself that it was just the beginning.

She continued on to take credit classes, and thanks in part to advisors, tutoring, her instructors and the TRiO program, a service designed to assist first-generation, low-income, and disabled college students, Ladonna excelled while at Malcolm X. It was truly a team effort, but she was the star player. Not only did she work towards her degree, but she also learned how to network, a skill she feels will help her immensely in the future.

That future starts this summer, when she’ll take classes at National Louis University. She will continue there in the fall and plans to graduate in the spring of 2019. Ladonna’s goal is a career in criminal justice.


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