Capt. Scotty Smiley, U.S. Army’s First Blind Officer to Address Thousands at Kaplan University’s Commencement Ceremony in

  Capt. Scotty Smiley, U.S. Army’s First Blind Officer to Address Thousands at
  Kaplan University’s Commencement Ceremony in Miami

Business Wire

-- January 31, 2013

Kaplan University will hold its annual winter commencement, celebrating the
graduation of approximately 7,500 online students at 10 a.m., Saturday,
February 2, 2013 at the James L. Knight Center, located at 400 SE Second Ave.,
Miami, FL 33131.

U.S. Army Captain Scotty Smiley will deliver the keynote address. As the first
active duty blind U.S. Army officer, Smiley has inspired many with his
triumphant real-life story of overcoming a major setback to fulfill his
dreams. Nearly eight years ago, while serving in Iraq, an explosion caused by
a suicide bomber left Smiley without sight in both eyes. Though this was
devastating for the West Point graduate, his unyielding spirit ultimately
paved the way for him to earn an MBA, win a 2008 ESPY award for World’s Best
Outdoor Athlete, and publish an autobiography titled “Hope Unseen.”

The highly decorated war veteran (recipient of the Purple Heart and Bronze
Star) was bestowed the General MacArthur Leadership Award and was named
Soldier of the Year in 2007 by the Army Times. He has been a guest on major
media outlets such as Fox News and CNN. In addition to being a devoted husband
and father, Captain Smiley currently works with the Gonzaga University ROTC
Program. He often speaks to various corporations, churches, and educational
groups about the power of hope, optimism and perseverance.

More than 700 students are expected to travel to Miami to attend the ceremony.
Thousands more from around the U.S. and the world will participate online via
a live broadcast on

About Kaplan University

Kaplan University offers a different school of thought for higher education.
It strives to help adult students unlock their talent by providing a
practical, student-centered education that prepares them for careers in some
of the fastest-growing industries. The University, which has its main campus
in Davenport, Iowa, and its headquarters in Chicago, is accredited by The
Higher Learning Commission ( and is a member of the North
Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Kaplan University serves
approximately 49,000 online and campus-based students. The University has 11
campuses in Iowa, Nebraska, Maryland and Maine, and Kaplan University Learning
Centers in Maryland,Wisconsin,Indiana,MissouriandFlorida.

Kaplan University is one of Kaplan, Inc.’s higher education institutions,
which serve approximately 73,000 students online and through approximately 70
campus-based schools across the United States. Kaplan’s higher education
schools offer a spectrum of academic opportunities, from certificates and
diplomas to graduate and professional degrees, including ajuris doctor
degree. Kaplan, Inc. is a leading international provider of educational and
career services for individuals, schools and businesses. It is a subsidiary of
The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO), and its largest division. For more
information, visithttp://www.kaplanuniversity.edutoday.


Kaplan University
Press contact:
Pascious Prince, 954-515-3603
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