US public university system honors Class of 2022 and multiple award recipients at in-person start


US Army Major General Barbara fast (Retired) encourages action in Keynote

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va., June 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The American Public University System (APUS), which offers online degree and certificate programs through American Military University (AMU) and American Public University (APU), proudly celebrated more than 14,000 graduates and recognized numerous winners during its 26e annual start on Friday and Saturday. The ceremony marked the first in-person graduation since 2019, due to the pandemic.

“Remember to always follow your passion, blaze new trails, embark on new journeys, and don’t be afraid to take on the next challenge that comes your way,” said APUS Acting President, the doctor. Catherine Zatz in his convening speech. “That’s what you are now ready to do, to take the theory you learned as a scholar and use that knowledge to infuse your decisions as a practitioner in your chosen field.”

US Army Major General Barbara fast (retired), President of BGF Enterprises, delivered the keynote address saying, “There is an expression that knowledge is power, but I believe knowledge gives you the power to be good or It’s how and for what purpose you use that knowledge that makes the difference. Use your power for good to better your life and the lives of those around you.” APUS awarded General Fast the Doctor of Public Service, Honoris Causa, in recognition of his extraordinary achievements in service and academia.

Maria Clark spoke as a representative of the class of 2022 at the graduate level, and Ethan Grow delivered an address on behalf of the Class of 2022 at the undergraduate level.

The awards presented at the start recognize students, faculty and alumni who have excelled and made a positive impact on their community during their time at APUS and beyond. In addition to the Class of 2022 winners, APUS recognized a total of 62 Class of 2020 and 2021 winners at the start. This year’s class, which includes more than 8,600 military service members, 2,600 veterans and more than 3,800 service-minded students, includes students who graduated in the previous 12 months of August 2021 as of June 1, 2022. Among the class of 2022, 39 people received awards.

Among the most prestigious awards, the Mary Kim Ward Resilience and Service Award recognizes resilience, patience and determination, as well as a student’s impact and influence on public service, social justice and inclusion. . This year’s winner was Philysha Beneby, a Navy veteran with a master’s degree in psychology from WBU. In addition to trauma counseling, she gives back as a peer specialist, providing services to homeless communities in the Palm Beach, Florida. Region.

Former student of Dr. Awilda Hernandez was recognized with the 2022 Wallace E. Boston Leadership Award. The award honors the positive impact she has had in the community, including her efforts to help victims of domestic violence. Sherrie DenneeDirector of Academic Council at APUS, was awarded the 2022 James P. Etter Award for Creativity and Innovation, which recognizes her as a catalyst for organizational growth who has helped foster and lead with a “the student first”.

The 2022 President’s Award recipients were honored at the undergraduate and graduate levels for their commitment to service, academic achievement, exceptional character and leadership. Nicholas Hucala U.S. Air Force staff sergeant who earned a bachelor’s degree in intelligence studies from AMU, was honored at the undergraduate level. james hodmanthe graduate school recipient who earned a master of arts in management, was recognized for dedicating his time to veteran engagement efforts and mental health crisis intervention.

The Academic Scholar Award was given to students who have engaged in excellent academic conduct and achievement during their studies. Among the class of 2022, the recipients are Amy Eversson, Hannah via, Maria Clark, Dina Fontenelle, Adrian Fisher, Roderick Davenport, Angela Luckey, David Ruizdr. Wahidallah Mayarand Vanessa Zander.

About the American Public University System
American Public University System (APUS) provides accessible and affordable online higher education to adult learners from all backgrounds. APUS, a five-time recipient of the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Effective Practice Award, offers more than 200 online degree and certificate programs through American Public University as well as American Military University, the leading provider of higher education for US military and veterans. * With over 116,000 alumni worldwide, APUS is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the US Department of Education. APUS is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Public Education, Inc. (Nasdaq: APEI). For more information, visit

*Based on Department of Defense FY 2019 tuition assistance and Veterans Administration student enrollment data, as reported by Military Times, 2020.

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