Xavier Magazine

On the Road Again

Craig Daggett is a commuter student. Each Friday, Daggett leaves his Whirlpool company office, jumps in his 2000 Cougar and heads south for his 238-mile, five-hour commute to Xavier. He lives in Benton Harbor, Mich.

Then, after spending six hours in class on Saturday, he drives another five hours back home. Crazy? Perhaps. But Daggett did the math and realized it was better than any of his alternatives.

So Daggett’s committed to life on the road until he earns his communications degree from the weekend degree program. It’s actually become a bit of a personal challenge. Daggett started college several times since graduating from high school in 1979 but never finished. Then, when he was 36 years old, he suffered a stroke from a torn carotid artery.

“It was actually the stroke of luck,” he says. “It changed me.”

He returned to school again with a new attitude, but ran into what looked like a road block. With two years of classes completed, Whirlpool transferred him to Benton Harbor, on the southern tip of Lake Michigan. After checking out several nearby schools, the decision to commute to Xavier became a no-brainer.

“I believe things happen for a reason, and I don’t know the full reason for me to have this commitment, but there is something for me to get my degree from Xavier,” he says.

He plans to finish by January 2004.

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