Alumni and Friends offers opportunities for our alumni to stay connected with the college community. We want to build bonds between Brookhaven's alumni, current students and employees for continued education and professional growth.
Our goal is to connect and provide you with enriching alumni events, resources and support.
Over the past year we have had several social events for alumni to network and panels where alumni can talk to students. We are always looking for input and suggestions for ways you want to connect.
Contact our alumni coordinator,
Sylvia Wise at anytime with inquiries or comments!
Graduation was truly a family affair for Aaron and Tayler Hughes. The couple received their respective associate in arts degrees at Brookhaven College's commencement ceremony in May. With their daughter on hand to share in the celebration, their success was sweet indeed.
"My husband and I decided a year ago to finish our degrees together. It was a perfect night for us," Tayler said. "Our 10-year-old daughter and our future daughter
(the couple are expecting) are and will be so proud of us."
Before coming to Brookhaven, Aaron attended Paris Junior College. Tayler attended Brookhaven after graduating high school and also took classes at Grayson College but had to put her education on hold to meet the demands of being a working, single mother.
The couple married five years ago and with a growing family, the time was right to complete their degrees and look to the future.
"Our aunt helped us a lot with what we needed for school," she said, adding that her aunt, Leslie Regalado, is a Brookhaven College professor. "She loves Brookhaven."
While that certainly influenced their decision on where to attend school, the option of completely online classes clinched the deal. Full-time jobs and raising a family, plus activities in their community and church leaves little time to commute the 70 or so miles from Bonham to the campus in Farmers Branch.
When asked what they found most helpful or motivating about their Brookhaven experience, Taylor answered without hesitation that is was definitely the professors.
"The professors are relatable and easy going. I think they all understood that students have families and lives. Brookhaven is perfect for people like us that are not just coming out of high school," she said.
The couple's extended families attended the ceremony offering their congratulations and support as Aaron and Tayler move forward continuing their education and setting a positive example for their children.
"I wanted to show our daughters that you can do it – no matter how long it takes," she said. "We did it together because of the flexibility of our college."
Tayler and Aaron started Maymester classes at Brookhaven the Monday following commencement and plan to complete a few more classes over the summer. In the fall, Aaron begins studying logistics at UNT and Tayler has enrolled at the University of Houston majoring in health care administration.
Coordinator, Alumni & Donor Relations 972-860-4851sWise@dcccd.edu
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