Clinton Native Set to Graduate May 7

MOUNT OLIVE – Returning to college can be challenging for anyone, especially working adults. Teresa Hairr of Clinton knows this all too well. Seeking her bachelor’s degree, Hairr enrolled in University of Mount Olive’s Management and Organizational Development (MOD) program in January of 2009.
“I wanted to reap the benefits of furthering my education, and hopefully increase my salary,” she said.  “Also, my degree gives me a variety of options in the business career field.”
Hairr currently works at Hargrove Elementary School as a data manager/administrative assistant.
Hairr said, “Graduating gives me a sense of accomplishment for something I have wanted for so long. It is rewarding to know that I persevered through the program and this accomplishment is something that nobody can take away from me.”
Reaching her educational goal did not come without a few bumps in the road, family sickness, the death of her father-in-law, and the birth of her first grandchild all occurred while Hairr was pursuing her degree.  Her determination and faith in God helped her persevere.
“This journey would not have been possible without the prayer, support, and encouragement of my family, church, friends, and most especially, God,” she said.  “God always gives you the help and strength that you need. If you want anything bad enough, step out in faith and go-for-it.”
After graduation, Hairr looks forward to the next chapter of her life where she will welcome a new daughter-in-law to the family, spend time with her new grandson, and move into a new home.
Hairr has been married to Jerry Hairr for 25 years.  They have two sons, Walt and Jeremy. Hairr attends Clinton Family Worship Center where she sings in the choir.
University of Mount Olive will graduate approximately 350 students at its 57th spring Commencement set for Saturday, May 7, at 2:00 PM in Kornegay Arena on the campus of University of Mount Olive.
University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The College, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Goldsboro, Research Triangle Park, Washington and Jacksonville.  For more information, visit