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When you’re the first person to accomplish a particular task, you feel pretty amazing. Because from that moment on, no one can take the feeling of being “the first” away from you. I think that’s how Joey Vaughn is feeling right now. He is the first graduate of Post University’s online Master of Education degree program. So big congrats are in order for Joey!

Graduation capJoey was joined by 100 other students who earned a diploma from Post University this holiday season. We are so proud of Joey and all our students. We issued a press release noting their accomplishments, which you can read here.

We’re also going to be interviewing Joey soon about earning his degree, so you can hear first-hand what his experience was like. Watch our blog for our podcast!

Post University’s First-ever Master of Education Graduate Among 101 Students to Earn Degrees This Holiday Season

WATERBURY, Conn. — (Dec. 20, 2010) — Post University announced today that 101 of its students will receive an extra-special gift this holiday season: a diploma. Joey Vaughn from Scottsboro, Ala., is the first to complete the University’s online Master of Education (M.Ed.) program that was launched about a year ago. Another 100 undergraduate and graduate Post University students also will receive diplomas.

“I am honored to be Post’s first M.Ed. graduate,” said Vaughn, 49, who received his B.S. from Newberry College in South Carolina. “I had no idea when I signed on that I’d be the first graduate. The program was so well-rounded and organized; I assumed it had been around for years.”

Vaughn, currently in his 15th year as Jackson County Schools Supervisor of Testing and Child Nutrition Programs, decided last year that he wanted to pursue his Master’s degree so he could run for superintendent of his district.

“I consider myself very fortunate to have found Post,” he said. “Having a full-time job and a family, I was apprehensive about going back to school, but this program has exceeded my expectations in every way.”

Vaughn is now eligible to run for superintendent in June 2012. His degree completion also results in an automatic and substantial pay raise, he said.

Vaughn gives much of the credit for his positive experience to the Director of Post University’s Master of Education degree program, Jane Bailey, Ed. D. Effective Jan. 1, Dr. Bailey will become Dean of the Post University School of Education. She will continue to provide leadership for the M.Ed. program, as well as for other education programs offered at the University.

“Dr. Bailey is very dedicated and does an excellent job managing the program,” he said. “She genuinely wants you to learn. She sets the standard for the whole program.” Vaughn’s encounters with professors, advisors, and staff were equally top-notch, he said.

Vaughn and his family plan to travel to Waterbury in May to participate in the University’s on-campus graduation ceremony. “I’m looking forward to meeting Dr. Bailey, as well as some of my fellow classmates that I’ve interacted so closely with,” he said.

Post University
Founded in 1890, Post University is a student-focused, career-driven university committed to providing students with the knowledge, personal skills and experience required to be leaders in their chosen fields. Located in Waterbury, Conn., Post University provides a wide array of degree programs for on campus and online students of all ages. It is known for its quality, career-driven academic programs, small classes, and competitive NCAA Division II athletics. Its more than 6,000 full- and part-time students come from the United States and abroad, and are supported by faculty whose mission is to prepare students to compete and succeed in today’s global workplace. To learn more about Post University, visit or call 800.345.2562.