"Without my HCC education, I might still be sleeping in my car."

— Damon Arnold, HCC graduate

In April 2014 HCC student Damon was sleeping—and studying—in his car. After leaving his job to pursue a college degree full-time, Damon eventually lost everything and was homeless for five months. Determined to graduate, he found inspiration from a faculty member who believed in him.

"She saw something in me that I didn't see in myself," said Damon. "I learned that, to make it, I had to just keep working and learning."

As the 2015 HCC Commencement speaker, Damon encouraged his fellow graduates to invest in themselves and find ways to accomplish their goals.