First class honours graduate aspires to work for the United Nations

Stepheni Kays aged 42, graduated with a First Class BA Honours Humanities Degree from the Department of Adult Continuing Education (DACE) at the University’s Degree and Award Congregations today (18 July).

Stepheni Kays This is a major achievement for any individual. However this is especially so in Stepheni’s case as she only moved to Wales in 2008, leaving her native Africa, her husband and her children behind.

Committed to making the most of the opportunities available to her she embarked upon her studies with dogged determination. Originally studying at the Action Resource Centre (ARC) in Blaenymaes, Swansea, Stepheni exceled as a student and decided to enrol on the Part-time BA (Honours) Humanities Degree.

Reunited with her family, studying Sociology and Psychology in community venues in Swansea and at Swansea University Singleton Campus, Stepheni successfully juggled her degree with full-time work. Following graduation in July she plans to continue her studies with Swansea University and study for a MA in Development and Human Rights. Her dream job would be working for the United Nations.

Stepheni believes the degree has developed her skills, knowledge and confidence: “studying was not just about me, it was about everyone around me. The degree is flexible and versatile and can open doors for you. The DACE system helps you achieve; I cannot say enough about the staff. They really want you to succeed and do well. When something good happens to you like DACE you just can’t keep quiet about it!”

Congratulating Stepheni on her achievement, Head of the Department of Adult Continuing Education at Swansea University Professor Colin Trotman said: “Stepheni is an inspirational student who has demonstrated commitment and dedication throughout her degree studies. She is to be congratulated for her achievements and I wish her every success for the future.”