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Husband and Wife Cross Commencement Stage Together

“We feel honored to share our story,” says Dave Hamlin, who graduated with his wife, Rebeca, with honors during Daytona State’s May 13, 2 p.m. commencement exercises at the Dave and Rebeca HamlinOcean Center. 

The husband and wife team, both 34, earned their Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management (BAS), and have already begun their MBA at Liberty University Online. That’s all while Dave runs the family business - Hamlin’s Landscaping, serving all of eastern Volusia County - and Rebeca cares for their three young children. 

Dave started his working life as a high school drop-out who received his GED® in 1998. “It took me 10 years to return to school, but once I earned my AA, I just kept going for my BAS. I never stopped. I figured the ball was rolling.” He also earned a certificate in Business Operations and Entrepreneurship along the way. 

Noting how he already applies concepts learned from the BAS program to his business, Dave says he’s gained confidence, believing “there will always be work available for me, whether it's starting another business, or working for someone else.” 

The road hasn’t been easy, though, for the young couple. They faced challenging times along the way. Around 2007, says Dave, it seemed as though their world was falling apart. “My wife and I were on the brink of divorce, we were losing our house, and business was slowing down. It was at that point I decided to live a better lifestyle. I began taking better care of myself, started going to church and enrolled in school.”   

While the couple made many sacrifices to pull through the hard times, focusing on their faith, family and college, they feel it was all worth it. With new career options and Rebeca planning to work in human resources after her MBA, the end goal’s in sight. 

“My advice to anyone pursuing their degree is to constantly remind yourself why you’re doing it,” advises Dave. “For me, it was a better lifestyle for my family. I want my children to start at a higher level in life than I did.” 

Rebeca, who also earned an AA at DSC before her BAS, found that organizing and prioritizing daily schedules work for her. “I have my kids on a schedule. Nap time at 10 a.m. Bedtime for the baby is 7 and the older ones at 8. I do my work when they sleep. Sometimes I pull all nighters, not very often,” she explains. “You have to find what works for you, but if you remember what’s important, you’ll find a balance and get it done.” 

The Hamlins say this is a very exciting time in their lives. “We are truly blessed to have the support from our family. We’re also happy that we could cross the (commencement) stage in front of our children.”

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{May 14, 2014}

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