Paula Singer:  Divia Forbes, also credits the support of her family, and in particular her parents for her academic success. Although neither her mother nor her father had more than an eighth-grade education, they were strong champions of learning for their children. Growing up in her native country, the Republic of Panama, Divia’s mother, a preacher, would help her siblings set their goals high by asking them, “What’s next on the horizon? What’s next on the horizon?” Unfortunately, Divia’s parents passed away during her time at Walden, yet, she persevered in spite of her loss. Surely, they would be celebrating today knowing that not only did their daughter earn a master’s degree in public health but that her own children now continue the family legacy and our earning advanced degrees themselves.

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Divia has truly lived up to the meaning of her name. Get this, this is tough. Divia has truly lived up to the meaning of her name, which translates into “divine brilliance.”

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I love it. And will put her degree to good use as a public health analyst with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Divia, will you, your family, and friends, please stand so that we can give you a round of applause?

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You go, girl.