Commencement Keynote Speaker Louisville Dignitary Cathy Holloway

LOUISVILLE, KY. (July 6, 2009) – As job security continues to concern Louisville residents, 129 community members will be arming themselves with newfound credentials through their University of Phoenix degree. These graduates' achievements and higher learning degrees will have a direct and positive impact on their career path, helping to expand their opportunities, as well as providing additional job security.

The University of Phoenix Louisville commencement ceremony will honor graduates Saturday, July 11 at 2 p.m. at the Marriot-Downtown Ballrooms, located at 280 W. Jefferson St., in downtown Louisville. Graduates will be recognized by University of Phoenix for their growth and achievement in a wide array of degrees, including Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Business/Management.

"We're extremely proud of our 2009 graduates for the hard work and commitment they have shown while pursuing their degrees," said Scot Mall, campus director of University of Phoenix's Louisville campus.  "These graduates demonstrate the importance of higher education and how even in difficult times, greatness can be achieved through determination."�

One example of this immense tenacity is graduate, Michelle Farrell, who will receive her associate's degree. In 2005, Farrell was working full-time for a health insurance company, but was unable to advance her career due to a lack of a college degree. After overcoming Stage 2 cancer, and with her three children's support, she decided to take matters into her own hands and enroll at the University of Phoenix Louisville campus. Today, not only is she receiving her associate's degree, but in August will start her bachelor's degree program, with the plan of earning her MBA by 2012. Farrell continues to be a source of inspiration to her fellow classmates and instructors.

The ceremony will also feature commencement keynote speaker, Cathy Holloway, founder and CEO of C. Holloway Hill Enterprises. In addition to her entrepreneurial work, Holloway has corporate experience with two Fortune 100 companies and been acknowledged with numerous awards for her outstanding leadership. For two consecutive years, she was recognized as the Black Achiever of the Year within the community due to her career accomplishments and commitment to mentoring youth.

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University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance education and life in a rapidly changing world. Through flexible schedules, challenging courses and interactive learning, students achieve personal and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. During the quarter ending May 31, 2009, 420,700 students were enrolled at University of Phoenix, the largest private university in North America. University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world.