By Kayla Carter
Tonight, Cole Harmon and 100 of his peers will graduate from Milligan College.
But it will be Harmon’s second Milligan ceremony in less than three years.
The 2006 Hampton High School graduate previously earned his undergraduate degree in humanities and history with a minor in coaching at Milligan; now, after two and a half additional years, he will walk across the stage to accept his master’s degree in occupational therapy.
He said he was thankful Milligan allows students to continue their education without having to backtrack on certain classes.
“That’s the good thing about Milligan’s graduate program, you can do any undergraduate program as long as you get your prerequisites in,” he said.
Harmon recently wrapped up six months of clinical field work, and he has already secured a position working at Pine Ridge Care and Rehabilitation Center in Elizabethton.
“Most of our students already have job placements before they graduate,” said Kristia Brown, occupational therapy office manager and admission coordinator.
Harmon was also one of three recent Mountain States Foundation Don Brewer Scholarship recipients.
It was always Harmon’s plan to obtain his master’s degree, and even though he has already graduated once, he said this year means he finally gets to start a new chapter in life.
“Now, I’m finally going to be in the real world,” he said.
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