James Cameron Gilchrest Graduation Annoucement

Words can't describe the adventure I've had at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Never in my wildest dreams would I have expected to graduate from college, it wasn't in my plans after high school. The real drive to go to college was fueled by advice from my chaplain during my deployment to Guantanamo Bay. I started at UAF in Fall 2014 and I will be walking on May 6th 2017. I've managed to reduce the time it takes to get a bachelors degree by nearly a year and a half. I believe that through my service and dedication I've left quite the legacy at UAF as an orientation leader, student ambassador and a resident assistant. Golly! I almost forgot to tell you what I'm studying! My major is Homeland Security and Emergency Management. A huge opportunity was presented to me, I was accepted as a 2017-2018 Newmans Own Foundation Fellowship Fellow.

Although graduation is a huge event in my life it also creates some financial hardships as I continue on towards my Masters degree. As a graduate student I am unable to receive federal aid and my GI Bill only covers me for 50% if you are interested please contribute to my Gofundme account here!

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