Brasher Falls resident awarded nursing degree from Kaplan University
Friday, August 13, 2010 - 11:41 am

BRASHER FALLS – Kelly Durant-Adams of Brasher Falls has been awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Kaplan University, a leader in higher education innovation.

Durant-Adams's accomplishment was celebrated during a live graduation ceremony on Aug. 7 in Chicago. Harold Ford, Jr., a former U.S. Representative who President Bill Clinton once described as "the walking, living embodiment of where America ought to go in the 21st century" served as the commencement speaker.

"Graduates like you must use your education and skill set to make this a stronger, more vibrant and dynamic nation," Ford told the approximately 730 graduates in attendance. "It takes courage and determination to improve your own life and the lives of those around you."

The Kaplan University summer 2010 class, which included more than 4,200 graduates, earned associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees – as well as professional certificates – completely online. Hundreds of them traveled from around the country and the world to attend the ceremony, meeting face-to-face for the first time.

Kaplan University has graduated nearly 27,000 online students since it began offering web-based degrees in 2001.

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 regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission ( and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Kaplan University has more than 125 academic programs and offerings, and serves more than 78,000 online and campus-based students. The University has 12 campuses in Iowa, Nebraska, Maryland and Maine, and Kaplan University Learning Centers in Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri and Florida.