So, you would think that if somebody has a degree they would know it, wouldn’t you? Wouldn’t that be the logical conclusion? Evidently not. See, I attended a business college back in 1993-1994 pursuing an Associates’ in Travel Management. I left in April 1994 after an extended internship which lead me to a job in a travel agency. I never finished. Shortly after that, the college closed down. They went by a new name for awhile and then disappeared off the face of the earth.
Well, since I’m pursuing going back to finish my degree I’ve been trying to locate my old transcripts from the various colleges I’ve attended over the years. San Fernando Mission College (now known as LA Mission College), check. MSU-B, check. Billings Business College? Not so much. They’re not around anymore so I hadn’t pursued it. Until my advisor told me to contact the Montana Department of Higher Education because they should be able to help me locate at the very least an old course schedule or something like that. So, I contacted them on Sunday via email not expecting much.
Monday morning, I had an email back from them giving me the name of Remington College along with their phone number and website. Evidently, they’ve taken over all of the old Business College records. So, I went to their website and put in my request. Within minutes, I kid you not, I had a response from their records clerk. Who stated (and I quote), “I have a copy of your degree here, but am having trouble locating your records”. Evidently the older records are filed by social security number and not by name. So I let her know what my ss was and waited for her to pursue it. My mind didn’t even register the degree thing because I’d never graduated. I thought maybe she was referring to the degree program or something like that.
Yesterday afternoon, she faxed me my records. 60 credits and an AAS degree conferred as of September 2, 1994 in Travel Management. I have a degree???? Evidently I had all my credits, but I never went through any kind of ceremony. I never got a letter (at least not that I can remember) stating I’d achieved enough credits for graduation. As far as I knew, I’d never finished.
Again I ask you: If somebody has a degree they would know it, wouldn’t they?