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Oklahoma single mom earns college degree after 11 years

Faith Evans never gave up her dream to graduate from the University of Central Oklahoma. Next on her list is to earn her real estate license.
by Kathryn McNutt Modified: December 8, 2013 at 3:00 pm •  Published: December 8, 2013

Eleven years after high school graduation, Faith Evans will wear a cap and gown once again as she receives her bachelor's degree Saturday at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Her longer-than-usual journey from college freshman to college graduate included a couple of stops and starts and plenty of classes squeezed in between work and children.

“I've always thought that I was a great multitasker,” Evans said.

“You have to be patient. It's not worth it to get stressed out over the little things in life,” she said.

Evans graduated from Northwest Classen High School in 2002 and started her college career that fall at UCO.

After completing her first year, Evans was tripped up by an unexpected pregnancy and didn't return to UCO until 2005.

This time, she had to juggle classes with a toddler and a job at Northstar Properties, where she works today as a property manager. The job helped her decide what she wanted from college — a business administration degree with a minor in real estate.

Throughout a marriage, another baby, a divorce and buying a house, Evans kept her focus on that goal.

“I need to get this done,” she would tell herself. “The older you get, it's harder.”

Family, friends and her employer have been there to support her along the way, she said.

That support system includes son Caden, 10, and daughter Payton, 3, who know the UCO campus as “Mommy's school.”

Evans said her friend from high school, Koshia Silver, has been a constant supporter.

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by Kathryn McNutt
Higher Education Reporter
Kathryn McNutt covers higher education for The Oklahoman and NewsOK. Since joining the staff in August 2000, she also has worked as the Breaking News editor, Metro editor and assistant Local editor. A native of Oklahoma City, she graduated from...
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