Akron dad, 46, worked two full-time jobs to graduate from Stark State

Francis Otu has a litany of perfectly valid excuses he could have used for not graduating from college.

He had not been to a classroom since graduating from high school in 1994. He is an immigrant from Ghana and has only been in the United States for about ten years. (He almost returned to Ghana after his first winter in Ohio.)

He is the father of three children, two of whom are still in Ghana.

He has two jobs, so going to school means getting up at 8 a.m. – which can only be described as a nap – attending classes for eight hours, then heading to work until 10 p.m. hours, then another job until the wee hours of the morning. He catches up with his sleep on weekends.

When he first applied to college, he was not accepted.

And yet, Otu didn’t let any of these factors stop him from graduating from college.

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