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Husband & Wife Earn Degrees Through Extended Campus
 Samuel Keela Holliday
Samuel & Keela Holliday

By Scott Powell of the Gaffney Ledger

Samuel and Keela Holliday shared another stage in their married life on May 10th when they graduated together from Limestone College.

The traditional graduation ceremony typically involves parents watching their young adult children receive diplomas. For this spring's commencement, the Hollidays traveled from their home in Columbia so they could receive college degrees from Limestone College.

They were among nearly 400 students who received diplomas in commencement ceremonies held Thursday through Saturday on the Limestone College campus.

Samuel Holliday earned his associate degree in computer science and information technology. His wife, Keela, graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting, management and computer science software applications.

The Hollidays will celebrate their 16th wedding anniversary in July. The couple spent the past year working full-time jobs and attending evening classes on a Limestone College Extended Campus site in Columbia. They also shared the responsibility of raising five children ages 12 to 17.

"It has been quite busy with five children at home," Keela Holliday said. "It's exciting to graduate together. This lets our children realize they can do anything."

The couple's journey towards a college education began in 2010 while Keela was working in the business office at Midlands Technical College in Columbia.

"Limestone seemed like the best way to continue my education while working"
Keela decided she wanted to earn her bachelor's degree in business management. She was able to transfer credits from her associate degree and enrolled last April in evening classes at a Limestone College Extended Campus site near her home in Columbia.

"Limestone seemed like the best way to continue my education while working a full-time job and raising a family," Keela said. "I went on overload status where I took one class Monday through Friday every month from June until February. This is how I was able to finish in one year."

Keela Holliday had a more difficult time convincing her husband to go back to college.

Samuel Holliday, a former U.S. Marine, works as a maintenance supervisor at an apartment complex in Columbia and operates his own heating and air conditioning repair service.

"I was in the process of building my own business when Keela started to talk to me about going to college. I have always had an interest in computers as a hobby and have taught myself a lot about computers over the years," Samuel said. "My wife suggested I could benefit by going to college and gaining more knowledge in computer science. She kept pushing me so I decided to go back to school. It feels good to have a college degree."

Keela Now Working on her MBA
Keela Holliday won't have much free time any time soon. She has already started work on her master's degree in business administration at Limestone College.

"We will enjoy our graduation this weekend," Keela said. "Then it's right back to work."