Doctoral student Steve Roberson makes college degrees his mission

Champions of Change_SteveRobersonSteve Roberson, a member of Cohort 8 in the Sacramento State Ed.D. program, has made it his mission to steer more minority students onto the college track. In addition to his work as assistant principal and Dean of Students at Cristo Rey High School in Sacramento, his determination to help minority students succeed is the clearly seen in videos posted on the website he developed as the founder of The Graduation Code.

“My undergraduate career was a mess.  I hung out in the wrong circles and engaged in the social scene more than the academic scene,” Roberson says. “As a result, I was on academic probation several times and even dismissed from school.  The image I was portraying was not the proper representation of me, my family, or my culture.  I was blessed to have been provided with another opportunity, and with that opportunity I have dedicated myself to making sure that others do not travel down the same rough path towards attaining a college degree.”

With The Graduation Code, Roberson is building a platform that speaks directly to students who could easily fall off the college track. Short video messages from students, graduates, faculty members, alumni and other professionals speak directly to high school students, undergraduates, and students in masters and doctoral programs. His YouTube channel, The Graduation Code, is now in its second season.

Doctoral students, in particular, will be interested in his clips recorded just for them. One page on features advice from Sac State Cohort 3 graduate Dr. Vridiana Diaz, who shares tips on how to break down the first-year experience of doctoral study. Cohort 1 grad Dr. Angelo Williams helps students think about how to choose their dissertation topic by beginning with the end in mind. And former Sacramento State President Dr. Alexander Gonzalez likewise advises doctoral students to pick a topic for their dissertation that they truly care about.

Roberson’s connection to Sacramento State dates from his undergraduate years, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Government from Sacramento State. While working as an assistant football coach at Sacramento State, he earned a master’s degree in Recreation and Sport Science from Ohio University. He was selected to the 2012 Bill Walsh Minority Fellowship Program as an Assistant Defensive Backs Coach for the NFL’s Cleveland Browns. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate degree in Education Leadership from Sacramento State.

See The Graduation Code’s advice for doctorate students:

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