Cullison also worked along side SSU's faculty advisors at the Napa site helping students finish what they may have started two to three decades ago, just as he did as a young college student. He had attended USC many years ago, but was forced to stop to make a living. After service in the military, he was ready to restart and finish his college degree.
A busy father of nine, he held down a day job and still managed to maintain an impressive GPA taking full load of classes each semester.
The SSU faculty selected Troy Cullison to graduate with distinction because he is such "a well-rounded, well-prepared student who is an articulate, sedulous individual with much to offer his community and country as a professional with a college degree."
Coordinator of the Liberal Studies Napa Valley program, and Professor of English, Sandra Feldman said of Cullison:
"Rarely do we see such multitalented students move through the SSU Special Sessions Programs with such efficiency and proficiency. "
The diverse group of majors in the Liberal Studies Napa Valley, Liberal Studies Solano, and Liberal Studies Ukiah programs are mostly non traditional students, re-entry working adults, and/or veterans.