Student hopes to graduate faster to join military

Sean Swoboda

Sean Swoboda, a recent graduate of Katy High School in Katy, has a battle plan. He wants to graduate from the University of Houston-Victoria in three years so he can become an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps more quickly.

“I’ve just always wanted to be in the military,” he said. “The Corps’ camaraderie and traditions just always appealed to me.”

He plans to major in criminal justice through the university’s Degree in Three, or Dn3, program, which lets students save time and money by earning a bachelor’s degree in just three years, and then lead one of the Marine Corps’ elite Force Reconnaissance platoons. Eventually, he wants to serve with one of the nation’s intelligence services.

UHV appealed to his pioneering spirit.

“Being a part of the first freshman class is an opportunity you don’t get anywhere else,” Swoboda said. “To be in the second or third freshman class also would be an honor because you help establish the history and traditions of the university.”

Outside of class, Swoboda played on the offensive line for his high school football team and played the bass in the school orchestra. He also is a petty officer first class in the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets Corps.

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

Paula Cobler