Ashley Ward, winner of the 2012 Graduation Getaway!

The UVU Alumni Association is proud to announce this year’s graduation trip winner. All graduates who registered to participate in graduation ceremonies and purchased a cap and gown were automatically entered to win the trip.  The winner received a 3-day, 2-night St. Regis Resort get-a-way to experience the exceptional service and uncompromising elegance of the finest luxury hotel in Deer Valley. 

This year’s winner is Ashley Ward of Orem, Utah. She is a graduate of the College of Health and Science and received her bachelor’s degree in community and public health. She is currently working as a dental assistant and wants to work in international healthcare. She is also doing a UVU internship in Samoa with Rheumatic Rescue this summer. We congratulate her and all of this year’s graduates—the largest Utah Valley University graduating class ever, with 4,634 graduates.

We wish you all the best and encourage you to stay connected with classmates, professors, and network with more than 180,000 UVU Alumni world-wide through  We also recommend you get your UVU Alumni Card and participate in the many activities offered by the Alumni Association.

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Finally, share your graduation story and include a graduation photo so we can post them on the Alumni Website. Include any photo style from the proud scholarly look to the crazy, fun moments. Who knows we may even make a slide show that would make a UVU alumnus or alumnae proud.

Joe Winther, the IPad 2 winner in our Share Your Story contest. 

     Joe's story is that he found himself without employment prospects after the Gulf War and decided to attend UVSC using his veteran's benefits.  Joe's college years were tough, as he juggled the demands of work and family while trying to complete his classes in Computer Science. 

     Joe credits the UVU study labs for his success.   "I learned the most from the students running these labs than I did attempting the work on my own or in a study group.  They help me learn how to study, prepare for test, write papers, even fill out financial aid forms.  I know that everybody has some story about a teacher or staff member that changed their lives, but the success of my life story goes to the students working in the various student labs on the college campus.  My degree is a testament to them and their skills in helping students." 

     Joe completed his degree in 2002, six years after he started.  Since graduating, Joe's positions and salary have steadily increased.  He is now the IT manager for a great company and loves what he does.  Says Joe, "This degree has opened doors to me that I never knew existed.  With my new income I moved from low / no income areas to a 5 bedroom home in a fantastic neighborhood. My biggest worry now days is getting time off to go see one of my boys play soccer or football.  Everything changed in my life due to getting a degree."

Thank you Joe, for sharing your story. 

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Alumni stories provide unique perspectives on how others have succeeded through their UVU education. From raising a family to building a thriving business, each story provides inspiration for alumni and students to achieve their potential.

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