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Master of Criminal Justice Graduates

Rebekah Langston '17, M'19

"My name is Rebekah Langston, I graduated from Guilford with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice in May 2017.

After careful consideration, I chose to pursue a graduate degree in Criminal Justice in Guilford’s new master's program so I could get a well-rounded education that I knew would be the most productive for me as a student and as a researcher. I completed the master’s program and earned my master’s degree in Criminal Justice in January 2019.

Currently, I am working as an analyst for the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. Guilford College was able to offer me a student-specific education taught by professors who were willing to challenge and mold me into the academic researcher I am today. The master’s program was able to teach me critical thinking and skills that have carried over into my work today, and I am grateful that I made the choice to pursue my higher degree because it made me more competitive in my field."

Rebekah Langston receives her Master's in Criminal Justice at Commencement.

Nick Jones '17, M'19

"Some of my earliest memories are running around playing soccer in the front fields when the YMCA was located at Guilford’s campus. Twenty years later, it was not a coincidence when I ended up attending college at Guilford. As an undergrad student, I double-majored in Criminal Justice and Political Science. I was also part of the Cross County and Track and Field teams. 

Graduating in the summer of 2017, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in law enforcement. When I heard that the Criminal Justice Department was creating a master’s program, I knew right away that I wanted to apply. I knew that it would give me the edge needed to succeed in my career. I was proud to be the first one in over 50 years to present and defend a master’s thesis at Guilford. I currently work for the State of North Carolina in a law-enforcement capacity. While I am still in training, I am looking forward to graduating my academy and Guilford in the same month! 

The Master’s of Criminal Justice program at Guilford College gave me a great foundation to start a career in law enforcement. One of the best things I learned in the program was to think critically and problem solve, which is critical in a law enforcement career. Anyone thinking of starting path in law enforcement and succeeding needs to think about this program."

Portrait of Nick Jones in his Commencement cap and gown.

Michelle Lea Wyrick M'19

"I was born and raised in Greensboro, N.C. I graduated from Northeast Guilford High School and retrieved my associate degree from Guilford Technical Community College. Then I  obtained my bachelor's degree in the Science of Criminal Justice from N.C. A&T University. 

In 2018, I began my adventure at Guilford College. It was the most challenging school work I've experienced, but it definitely elevated my research and writing skills tremendously. During my time at Guilford, I was introduced to the relevancy and injustice of wrongful convictions, which has led me on my journey to correct and prevent wrongful convictions in North Carolina. 

Guilford College provides a great master's program with exceptional instructors who want to see you succeed. This program has changed my life in a multitude of ways, and if you take a chance with Guilford, I promise you will not regret it!"

Michelle Wyrick takes a photo at graduation.

Brad Stewart '19

"I have lived in Greensboro most of my life. I am a former United States Marine, husband, and father to two small children. I am a supervising detective with a large local law enforcement agency and have over 16 years of experience in the field. After receiving my bachelor's degree, I decided I wanted to increase my educational pedigree and began to search for a local traditional graduate program in criminal justice. I quickly found there was only one option and that was Guilford College's brand-new master's degree in criminal justice. After careful consideration and research, I decided to enroll at Guilford College.

I found the graduate program to be challenging and rewarding in many aspects. The program helped me develop greater writing, time management, presentation, and communication skills. This program has increased my understanding and knowledge of the criminal justice system and broadened my view of the community. The professors and instructors in this program are knowledgeable and highly experienced in the criminal justice field.

I highly recommend this graduate program to anyone in the criminal justice field or anyone considering a career in the field, as it will increase your marketability with employers."

Portrait of Brad Stewart