Stratford University Recognizes First Graduate from New Alexandria Campus
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (June 15, 2015) — Stratford University recently marked the graduation of the first graduate from its new campus in Alexandria, Va.
Lavonne Lockett was among several hundred Stratford University graduates to receive their bachelor’s and master’s degrees during a ceremony held June 13 at the George Mason University Center for the Arts. Lockett received a master’s
degree in International Hospitality Management.
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“We enjoyed having Lavonne here and even hired her to assist in our Military Student Office,” recalled Dr. Jon J. Kerbaugh, Alexandria Campus Dean. “If we were to hand-pick our first graduate, it would have been Lavonne. She is everybody’s cheerleader and friend, and we will miss having her around.”
After a 29-year career in the U.S. Army, Lockett started an online travel company to fulfill her dream of working in the travel and tourism industry. She already held a bachelor’s degree from Youngstown State University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program but wanted more specialized studies in her new field.
“When I first stopped by the Stratford campus in Alexandria they did something that moved me so much by taking the time to explain the program and answer all of my questions. It was like being with family. They really cared and watched over me,” she said. “I learned first-hand that they are pro-military and pro-student. You’re a real person at Stratford.”
With her new master’s degree, Lockett is now running Lavonne’s Leisure Travel and employing her daughter who is now enrolled in a similar program at Stratford.
Located at 2900 Eisenhower Ave., the Alexandria campus opened in March 2014 and is easily accessed from I-95, I-495 and Telegraph Road. The campus is a short walk from the Alexandria Tech Center/Eisenhower DASH bus stop and minutes from the Eisenhower Ave Metro station on the Yellow Line. Students can park on campus.