Peyton Derrick to pursue a career in optometry

by Billy Chandler

Peyton Derrick of Church Hill, Tenn. will receive a bachelor’s degree in exercise science.

Derrick will graduate with the class of 2024. He was a Bonner Scholar and a Blue & Gold Ambassador and played on the football and baseball teams.

“Emory & Henry has gifted me the ability to grow into the young man I am today,” Derrick said about how he benefited from an education at Emory & Henry. “The education has offered me insight that I can do anything in this world with hard work and determination.” His experience in the classroom has prepared him with the knowledge and abilities to succeed in the real world, and he learned about being part of the working environment in his role as Blue & Gold Ambassador, a tour leader for prospective students.

“The ability to receive the Emily Williams Scholarship and study abroad at the University of Cambridge in the U.K. was very impactful in my life. It allowed me to travel the world on my own which has allowed me to mature even more,” said Derrick.

Derrick is appreciative of the countless hours he spent with his professors. He would like to thank civic innovation professor Dr. Tal Stanley, Bonner Scholar coordinator Bradley Hartsell, civic innovation professor and Appalachian Center director Scott Sikes, religion professor and Emory United Methodist Church pastor Rev. David Jackson and psychology professor and International Education director Celeste Gaia.

Derrick will work as an optometry tech following graduation. His goal is to continue his education at an optometry school.

“The best advice I would give to new students is to embrace this moment at the college level, and to cherish every moment and the days you spend here because time sure does fly,” said Derrick. “Work towards making connections with people who better yourself and strive to be better than you think you can be.”

Derrick is a first-generation college student. He is CPR certified.

Our Emory & Henry seniors are preparing to graduate and change the world. See our seniors’ success stories at www.emoryhenry.edu/commencement

“Cherish every moment and the days that you spend here because time does fly.”
—Peyton Derrick ’24

Location:

Church Hill, Tenn.

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