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August 11, 2014










Wow! She did it, y’all. She REALLY did it!

What did she do, you ask?

Well, what she did was…..

She graduated from Florida International University, Miami, Florida, on August 4, 2014 with a  Master of Science degree in Hospitality Management! After taking 10 years to complete her B.A. degree in Hospitality & Tourism Management, from Strayer University, she kept going strong and completed her M.S. degree just two short years afterwards. She had a perfect 4.0 gpa (Summa Cum Laude) at Strayer and ended up with a 3.92 gpa at F.I.U.

Included in the slide is a recap photo from her Strayer University graduation, as well as a couple of pics from Florida International University (yes, she lost weight (43 pounds!) during her degree pursuit), along with a group pic of some of her supporters – Deion (son), Andrea (daughter), Bishop (her Sweetheart), Jill (cousin), and Bryant (Jill’s husband):

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PHENOMENAL ACHIEVEMENT by Ms. Erica A. Rucker: single mother of four, grandmother of three, small business owner (10 years strong now) with a staff of six, AND carrying a full course load. If that isn’t inspiring enough for you, then we don’t know what is!

Please join us in congratulating such a phenomenal and dynamic woman, who has demonstrated that determination, grit, FOCUS, courage, dedication, commitment, and perseverance is critical to one’s success. Her favorite phrase is this:


Mark our words: she has a very strong story to tell and will tell it one day. Watch out for a book in the near future!

A big THANK YOU to EVERYONE who supported Erica during her entire educational journey!

Let’s continue to shine, Everyone!


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