In 1978, just before his final semester in college, Hal Mekeel took a job as an electron microscope technician. He planned to finish his last semester part-time. Little did he know that semester would last three decades.
Over the years Hal put off completing his degree as he struggled to balance work, family obligations, and serious health issues. A few years ago, with encouragement from his wife and son and the assistance of a Friday Center advisor, Hal got serious about completing his degree.
“Without the Friday Center, a bachelor’s degree would have been out of the question.”
Hal’s family pointed him to the Friday Center for Continuing Education and Carolina Courses Online and in May 2011, he finally achieved his longtime goal and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a Bachelor’s degree in history and a 3.7 GPA.