Story by Paul Long, FLEACT, Yokosuka Public Affairs
Fleet Activities (FLEACT), Yokosuka, held a commencement ceremony to honor recent college graduates at the Chapel of Hope, Feb. 21.
During the graduation ceremony, 23 Sailors and civilians were recognized.
Commander, FLEACT Yokosuka, Capt. David Glenister, was the guest speaker and handed certificates to each graduate.
“You learn about yourself when you go through a (college) program like this,” Glenister said. “If you say that it’ll take me 10 years to get my degree, well, if you do nothing, 10 years from now you’ll be 10 years older. Don’t worry so much about how long these (education) pursuits take, just concentrate on the direction you’re going.”
Graduates earned associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees from various colleges and universities that offer degree programs via classroom and distance learning courses tailored to meet the needs of the military student or civilians living and working overseas.
Ships Serviceman 2nd Class Christy Naranjo, who is assigned to Unaccompanied Housing, received her associate’s degree in General Studies from the University of Maryland University College.
“It’s a big accomplishment,” Naranjo said. “I was the first to graduate from high school within my family, and now I’m the first to graduate college. “Once my child is born in May, in June I’m going full force to get my bachelor’s degree in education. I hope to teach little ones one day.”
Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class Adeyemi Orekoya, who is stationed aboard the USS George Washington (CVN-73), received his Master of Business Administration from Ashford University.
“I’ve been in the Navy for nine years and during that time I never stopped taking classes,” Orekoya said. “I have two associate’s degrees, a bachelor’s and now a master’s degree.”
According to Orekoya, having a master’s degree gives him the option to leave active duty, transition to the reserves, and pursue a reserve naval commission while working as a consultant to the military.
FLEACT, Yokosuka holds one commencement ceremony annually to recognize all students who have earned a degree in the previous academic year or will receive one in the current academic year.