BVU Online Student Prevails in Wake of Tragedy

Aaron Sanders balanced responsibility for his three young children with online classes from BVU. A year after tragedy struck his family, he saw his hard work rewarded with a bachelor's degree.

Aaron Sanders decided to begin on the path toward completing his bachelor’s degree in fall 2016 with hopes of making a better life for his family of five. He set his sights on becoming a counselor and chose to double major in psychology and human services. His hard work and determination to earn his degree in a timely manner was soon reflected in his good grades.

Ten months after beginning classes, Aaron’s wife, Amy, tragically passed away in an automobile accident in June 2017. Although overwhelmed with responsibility and emotions, Aaron was steadfast in making Amy proud and continued pursuing his online classes for their three young children. One year after the accident, Aaron completed his bachelor’s degree with honors.

He planned to walk across the stage and receive his diploma in honor of Amy, but juggling work and family life made it difficult for Aaron to travel to Storm Lake for Commencement. When BVU staff members heard Aaron wasn’t going to make it, they decided to deliver his diploma in person.

Congratulations to Aaron and so many other BVU students who believe in the power of a bachelor’s degree. BVU is proud to serve you and continue to make completing your degree as convenient as possible.