Sean Donahue

Student Spotlight: Long Road Finally Leads to Graduation

Twenty-six years after graduating high school, Sean Donahue obtained his Texas Tech degree.


For Sean Donahue, the road to graduation took longer than most. But on Saturday (Aug. 9), 26 years after completing high school, he will receive his bachelor’s degree in university studies from Texas Tech University.

Donahue began his pursuit for a college degree in 1988, and after a variety of factors left him just short of graduation, he returned to Texas Tech in January. His long road ended Saturday at United Supermarkets Arena when he partook in the summer commencement ceremonies.

“Finishing my degree is the culmination of hard work,” Donahue said. “It is like a first drink of water after a hard day’s work in the sun—not only refreshing but satisfying.”

After graduating in 1988 from Fairview Park High School in Ohio, Donahue attended college in New York but wasn’t happy with his experience and the distance from his home. He moved to Texas and worked for Radio Shack until 1991 when his sister passed away from cancer.

“This gave me the motivation to go back to school,” Donahue said. “I came to Texas Tech in 1992 and bounced around from business to mass communications until the birth of my daughter Shelby.”

In order to support his new family, Donahue left school only a few hours short of graduation to work full-time. He currently is the director of digital media and special projects for the Lubbock area at Wilks Broadcasting.

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