Alumni Spotlight: Meet Phillip Cockrell

Daysha Humphrey



Phillip Cockrell is an alumnus of MUW. He said that he learned many lessons while a student at the W, and opportunities to serve in leadership roles helped him learn how to deal with problems.


Q: Where are you from?

A: “I'm from Columbus, Miss.”


Q: What year did you graduate and what was your major here at MUW?

A: “I graduated in 2003 with a B.S. in family studies.”


Q: Why did you choose the W to attend college?

A: “Originally, I chose to enroll at the W because I was interested in pursuing a career in nursing.  I became interested in the profession after completing two years of the Allied Health program as a high school student. After attending the Hearin Leadership Conference, I knew the W was the institution I would call home for the next four years."


Q: How was your experience as a college student at MUW?

A: “My experience as a college student at the W was epic. I do not believe I would have received the same education if I would have attended another institution. The administration, faculty, and staff had a sincere interest in assisting me with obtaining my educational endeavors.”


Q: What did the W teach you as a college student?

A: "As a first-generation college student, the W taught me that I was a scholar, catalyst for change, educator and practitioner. These paraprofessional positions provided me with resources to identify solutions to problems to meet the needs of my peers. Today, I'm a better practitioner and educator because I consistently utilize the talents and skills I acquired at the W.”


Q: Any advice for current students?

A: "I would advise prospective and current students to take advantage of the academic and social opportunities available."