Today marked a proud moment in the lives of many men and women as they walked across the graduation stage for Capella University in Long Beach, California. Unbeknownst to the administration of Capella within their midst were a group of women who formed a bond stronger than that of the mightiest chains and ironically before today had never laid eyes on one another. The ones I speak of are the women from the Phd Women’s Network.
The PhD Women’s Network is a support group that is open to women who are in the process of completing their doctorate degree or who have finished the process and are moving toward new projects after the doctorate. The group engages in discussions about the doctoral process, methods for successfully completing doctoral programs, and support in future research projects. This network is here to help alleviate stress during the doctoral process, provide an opportunity for networking, and provide continuous support to all of the women in our family of academia. This group is made up of nearly 400 women across the United States and from various schools but the foundation of this organization was forged from the minds and hearts of Capella alumni.
Today Shawn Barkley Thomas, Patricia Bailey, Que Boston, Tamika Cheatam-Lott, and Sonya George Thomas stepped across the stage not just to demonstrate their completion to a program but to show those coming behind them that it can be done. In a world where women are busy heading the household, caring for their children, and struggling to do better and be better in this competitive male dominated world 5 women stepped across a stage and provided hope as they turned around to reach out for the women in the network that follow.
Congratulations ladies for a job well done!!!