Candice Allen is a 2023 Northeast Lakeview College graduate earning her Associate of Arts degree with a focus in Political Science. While at NLC, she was engaged inside and outside of the classroom and excelled academy. With a 3.81 GPA, she completed the Honors Academy Program and was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and the National Society for Leadership & Success. Additionally, she participated in the NLC Pre-Law Society and the Black Student Union.
Battling End Stage Renal failure, she gave up on her educational dreams 12 years ago. On the anniversary of her 6th year on dialysis, Ms. Allen’s passion for returning to school was re-ignited. She was unsure of how she would juggle a full course load and dialysis three times a week, but her faith and determination gave her the strength to make it work. Just prior to the start of the Fall 2021 semester, she received a life-changing call that a match had been found. Instead of starting her journey in the classroom, she was prepped for surgery and began her semester in the ICU.
Determined to make every day count, she pushed through her hardships to now reach the end of part of her educational journey. After NLC, Candice will transfer to Texas A&M University to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Her ultimate goal is to become a lawyer and practice Corporate Law.
As the SOAR Graduate, Ms. Allen will deliver the Commencement speech and represent the Class of 2023. Interested students apply for consideration and are reviewed and selected by a cross-college
committee of faculty and staff. SOAR represents Success, Opportunity, Achievement, and Responsibility. The student selected best represents these characteristics.