When Kenny Diaz was a child, he would sit on his roof in Honduras and stare at the night sky.
A U.S. Navy veteran, Diaz earned three associate degrees from HCC in physics, mathematics, and computer science. He is now simultaneously pursuing a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Southern New Hampshire University and two bachelor’s degrees in physics and astronomy from the University of Maryland, College Park.
While he had loved astronomy since he was a small child, Diaz thought such a career was out of reach. After serving 12 years in the U.S. Navy and completing four combat tours, Diaz decided it was time to set his sights on the stars.
In summer 2013, he was back in Maryland, focused, and ready to work toward a college degree. He chose HCC because of its reputation as a great college for adults, and he continues to be a strong advocate and supporter of the school – working in the Welcome Center, providing campus tours, and tutoring students in calculus, astronomy, and physics.
“Howard Community College is by far one of the best military friendly colleges in the state of Maryland,” he said. “Howard Community College helped me to conquer my fears. Without the support and encouragement from the remarkable staff, I could not have done what I have achieved today.”
During his time at HCC, Diaz also served as president of the astronomy club, spoke at HCC’s Veteran’s Day Celebration, and photographed the August 2017 solar eclipse in Cerulean, Kentucky.
He is currently pursuing his goal of a doctoral degree in astrophysics. One day, he would love to return to HCC to teach. What courses would he want to lead? Astronomy and astrophotography!
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