U.S. Army’s First Active Duty Blind Officer Captain Scotty Smiley Inspires Thousands at Kaplan University’s Winter

  U.S. Army’s First Active Duty Blind Officer Captain Scotty Smiley Inspires
  Thousands at Kaplan University’s Winter Commencement

  More than 7,000 online graduates celebrate reaching educational milestones

Business Wire

MIAMI -- February 2, 2013

Decorated war veteran and the U.S. Army’s first active duty blind officer,
Captain Scotty Smiley, served as the keynote speaker for Kaplan University’s
2013 Winter Commencement held earlier today in Miami, Florida. The ceremony
celebrated the graduation of approximately 7,500 online students. With more
than 700 graduates in attendance, Captain Smiley impressed upon them the
importance of having optimism, tenacity, and education in achieving goals.

“When I was on the verge of failure, education gave me the power to face my
fears, learn, improve, and grow in a whole new way,” said Captain Smiley.

The author and speaker has inspired many with his triumphant story of
exemplary resilience. He narrowly survived a suicide bomber attack while
serving in Iraq, which resulted in serious injuries, including the loss of his
vision. With the help of his family and the Army, Captain Smiley forged ahead
to fulfill his educational, career and personal aspirations. He has received
numerous accolades and awards, including an ESPY award for World’s Best
Outdoor Athlete and the U.S. Army’s General MacArthur Leadership Award. His
book titled “Hope Unseen” chronicles his heroic journey to self-actualization.

Dr. Wade Dyke, president of Kaplan University, commended graduates for having
the personal commitment and drive to reach their educational milestones. He
acknowledged the diligence shown by Kaplan’s graduates as he highlighted the
academic and individual achievements of several in attendance. Dr. Dyke also
encouraged them all to remain steadfast in their pursuit of knowledge.

“Today, you have reached an important and well-deserved milestone—college
graduation. What got you here was hard work, determination, and the support of
others, especially family,” said Dr. Dyke. “Tomorrow, the life-long journey
that is learning continues towards new milestones big and small. Don't stop.
Continue to work hard with the same determination that made today possible and
you'll realize your goals and dreams.”

Hundreds of Kaplan University’s online students traveled to Miami to celebrate
their achievements, while thousands more joined via a live broadcast on
www.kaplanuniversity.edu from locations around the U.S. and the world.

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 (www.ncahlc.org) 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.

Contact:

Kaplan University
Pascious Prince, 954-515-3603
paprince@kaplan.edu
 
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