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SPOTLIGHT 

IRSC GRADUATE IS GRATEFUL FOR THE SUPPORT OF FRIENDS AND FAMILY
AS SHE PREPARES FOR HER NEXT ACHIEVEMENT

Beautiful Edden is thrilled about her achievement of earning her A.S. Degree in Business Administration Wednesday Dec. 13 at the Indian River State College Fall Commencement ceremony and becoming the first person in her family to earn a college degree.

"There were so many people that helped me get to this point. When I walk across that stage, I am not alone. Everyone who helped me and my family over the years is right there with me," said Beautiful Edden, 24, while trying on her cap and gown in front of her family at the family's home in Vero Beach.

She credits her success to King's Baptist Church, Habitat for Humanity, the Economic Opportunities Council of Indian River County, IRSC faculty and staff and her friends and family along with many other individuals and organizations who supported her along the way.

When their home became unsafe to occupy, Habitat for Humanity stepped in and helped them build a new home in Vero Beach. During the toughest months they received assistance from the Economic Opportunities Council of Indian River County. The Indian River County Provost at the IRSC Mueller Campus recommended Edden for a job at the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce where she currently works as an information specialist.

As Edden walks across the stage, her mother and father and six siblings will be in the audience. Her mother, Marlene, is on track to graduate from IRSC this Spring, and her father, Roscoe Sr., is working towards his GED. Two of her sisters are expected to enter IRSC dual-enrollment.

"I'm excited and my family is excited, but my mind is already on my next goal, getting my Bachelor's. I have to keep going. I don't want to let anyone down. For me, this race is not over."

Her advice to current students: "Don't be afraid to ask for help. Find people who you can look up to and ask for help. Lean on your support system. If you don't have one, create one yourself. And, above all else, don't give up. I can't tell you how many times I wanted to give up this semester. My friends and family didn't let me give up. Now, I'm on the other side and it feels good."

For more information on degrees and programs at IRSC email info@irsc.edu or call (866) 792-4772. 




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