Massey Shares Transforma​tional Story

massey, commencement, princetonMOUNT OLIVE – Jeffrey Massey of Princeton is a 22-year old senior at University of Mount Olive majoring in computer information systems and minoring in business management.  He is an Eagle Scout, a member of Phi Beta Lambda and attends Pleasant Grove OFWB Church in Pikeville. After graduating in May, Jeffrey would like to get a job in the financial industry or with county government. In his own words, Massey writes about his transforming experience at University of Mount Olive.

“When my twin sister, Lindsey Massey, and I were born three months early, I weighted 1lb 13 oz, and she weighed 1lb 15oz. The doctors said that we would have the mental capacity of 4thgraders, and it would be a miracle if we graduated high school; so a college education was never in our future plans. After graduating from high school with honors, the choice of colleges came up. I went to another college for a year before transferring to University of Mount Olive.

After a tough start at my first college, I was a little skeptical. Then at MOC, I realized that the professors actually want you to succeed. They actually care, and most of them give you their cell phone number and tell you to call them if you have a problem. The professors encourage you to do your best, and if your best is not in a passing form, then they help you find a way to change that.

At University of Mount Olive I have learned leadership skills that go above and beyond what I learned as an Eagle Scout, and I’m using them now as an assistant scoutmaster to teach boys the skills they need to be successful. My life has been transformed at MOC by the professors – they go above and beyond the call of duty. They show you that it’s ok to be different, and they help you reach your dreams. They are willing to do whatever it takes for you to succeed. Thank you University of Mount Olive!”

University of Mount Olive will graduate approximately 360 students at its 59th spring commencement on Saturday, May 4th. Graduation exercises are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. in the George and Annie Dail Kornegay Arena.

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