For Stacy Luster, a soon-to-be Mortuary Science graduate from Mesa Community College, the completion of his degree is an accomplishment that was 18 years in the making.
Luster’s dream for many years was to pursue a career in mortuary science, but the birth of his premature son 18 years ago forced him to put his dream on hold until he could reach that goal. He worked as a carpenter by trade and taught carpentry at high schools to support his family, but was finally able to return to college.
He is proud that he has now completed his degree and will be walking in cap and gown during MCC’s May Commencement Ceremony.
“It took a lot for me to come back to school, but 18 years later, I’m reaching my dream to help people when they are in need and help them through the bereavement process,” Luster said. “This is a great accomplishment for me.”
Luster said MCC’s program and instructors prepared him for a career in the mortuary science field.
“The program really prepared me with hands-on experiences and field trips to see different funeral homes,” Luster said. “I would say the instructors were ‘A+’ and helped me with my mindset toward the business.”
After graduation, Luster will do a two-year internship with Preston Funeral Home in Phoenix and hopes to own his own business someday.
Luster’s favorite quote is: “Without a vision, there is no freedom.”