How Military Leader's Work Experience Helped Him Earn a Degree

Michael Richards was more than 20 years into his career with the U.S. Navy when he decided to accomplish what he thought was just a bucket-list item—but turned out to be so much more.

Decades of work experience—including being a successful entrepreneur in addition to his military career, among other things—had given him skills, knowledge, and great job opportunities. He had even made it to the leadership rank of Navy Command Master Chief and was executive director and president of a private defense and security company.

And yet, still, that bucket list called to him: Get your degree!

Michael recently wrote for about why he decided to go back and earn his B.S. Business–Information Technology degree despite already having a successful career—and why it turned out to be so much more than an item crossed off an ambitious to-do list.

What's your motivation for earning your degree?

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