Graduating Student will “Walk” Across Stage

Car Accident that First Left Him Paralyzed Opens Door to New Life

Richmond, VA – In 2011, Adam Shelton had a decent job working on a loading dock, a son he adored, and most of all, his health. That changed in an instant when his car flipped eight times. Ejected from the vehicle, he was left with three broken vertebra, a leg broken in four places, six broken ribs, a fractured sternum, and a collapsed lung. 

Doctors told Adam that he would likely never walk again. After two surgeries and four months in the hospital, he began rehab, and within a year, was able to take his first few steps with the use of a cane. Two years after that, he was able to walk unaided, but Adam would never be the same again. Working on a loading dock was out of the question, so he decided to earn a college degree. 

He enrolled in the Cyber and Network Security program at ECPI University in Richmond, and on Saturday, June 10 at 10 am, he will “walk” across the stage at the Stuart C. Siegel Center to receive his Bachelor’s degree.

“Everything thing I did, I did for my son,” says Adam. “He needs me, and I know I had to do everything I could to make sure I could be there for him in every possible way. Saturday is going to be an overwhelming experience, earning a college degree, but more importantly walking across that stage when doctor’s said I would never walk again!” 

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About ECPI University 

ECPI University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award the associate's, baccalaureate, and master's degrees and diplomas. SACSCOC is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. A private university founded in 1966, ECPI University has campuses in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida, and offers convenient classes during the day, evening, and online; graduate employment services, continuing education, certification classes, and testing are also available.                       

On campus or online, fields of study include: HEALTH SCIENCES: Master of Science in Nursing, Nursing (RN to BSN), BS to BSN, Nursing (RN), Practical Nursing, Healthcare Administration, Health Information Management, Physical Therapist Assistant, Massage Therapy, Dental Assisting, Medical Assisting,  Radiography, Sonography, Surgical Technology; TECHNOLOGY: Master of Science in Information Systems, Master of Science in Cybersecurity, Cyber and Network Security, Information Systems,  Software Development, Cloud Computing, Web Development,  Database Programming, Electronics Engineering Technology, Mechatronics/Advanced Manufacturing, Mechanical Engineering Technology; BUSINESS AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Master of Business Administration (MBA), Accounting, Business Administration, IT Management, Hospitality Management, Criminal Justice, Homeland Security; CULINARY: Culinary Arts, Culinary Nutrition, Food Service Management, Baking and Pastry Arts. (Program field availability varies by campus.) For more information, visit 



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Release Date:
Wednesday, June 7, 2017