Single Mom Sets Example for Her Kids by Earning Her College Degree

MOUNT OLIVE-After graduating from high school with honors, Dixon decided to forgo college for the time being and focus on beginning a family.

“It didn’t take my long to realize that I had done things in the absolute wrong order,” Dixon said.  “I realized I had cheated myself and my family out of a better life.  Without a college education, well paying job opportunities are rare.”
There is a quote that Dixon feels reflects her life’s journey.  “It goes something like this…the adversities in our life do not determine our journey, but merely where we begin it,” she recalled.
As a divorced mother of three, one child with autism, and a full-time job, Dixon found the courage to get back into the world of education.  When she began pursuing options for completing her bachelor’s degree, she knew the one-night-a-week program at University of Mount Olive would be the perfect fit.
“I decided on the Management and Organizational Development (MOD) program to give me the business edge that I needed for my IT skill,” Dixon said.
Her children are her inspiration.
“My children have inspired me to persevere and succeed,” she said. “And, University of Mount Olive has transformed my life by opening the doorway to other job opportunities, that have enabled me to be a strong and successful provider for my family.”
Dixon is the IT Director at EJ Pope and Son, Inc., in Mount Olive.  She plans to pursue her MBA starting next year.
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