Nygie Pegues’ son inspired her to give college a try: “I wanted to provide an example for him about what we can do and not just what society says we can do.”
Pegues added a job in GRCC’s Enrollment Center to her class load and the challenges of being a single mother. Her co-workers joined advisor Victoria Powers, director of the TRIO/Student Support Services program, in providing guidance and support.
“Along the way, there were times I struggled, but with good friends and the support of my mother, I have persevered and consider myself blessed to have had the experiences during my time at GRCC,” Pegues said.
Pegues will receive an associate degree at commencement, which takes place 7 p.m. April 28 at Ford Fieldhouse, 226 Lyon St. NE. She plans to transfer to either Grand Valley State University or Spring Arbor University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in social work and, eventually, a master’s.