Spring 2013 graduate leads by example for her family

May 10, 2013

Jenna Battle is the recipient of the 2013 Compass Award

Jenna Battle, 2013 Compass Award recipient

What does it mean to be a leader? Ask Jenna Battle, this year’s Compass Award recipient, who was recognized for her commitment to a core set of values including: leadership skills, volunteerism, academic integrity, and commitment to Northeastern.

Presented by the Northeastern University Office of Alumni Relations and The Northeastern Fund, the Compass Award honors exemplary seniors who have potential to provide leadership in Northeastern’s alumni community. The program includes recognition and uniting the recognized student leaders with distinguished alumni.

This spring, Battle graduated at the top of her class with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Accounting Management from the College of Professional Studies (CPS). Her academic achievements led to her induction into the International Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma, an organization reserved for students graduating in the top 10 percent of the class. Battle was able to balance all of her life responsibilities, taking a full course load while being a stay-at-home mom to two young children and volunteering as the treasurer for the 82nd Airborne Division’s Army Family Readiness Group.

In her nomination, Senior Student Success Specialist, Michael Boudreau noted, “For Jenna, a primary reason for completing a degree at Northeastern University has been to lead by example to her family by emphasizing the importance of education as a means to actualize full potential.”

So what’s next for Battle? She plans to further her education by earning a master’s degree in accounting with the goal of becoming a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant. “It has long been her goal to finish her bachelor’s degree and to continue by earning a master’s degree in the area of accounting/accountancy,” said Boudreau. “With one goal behind her, she is bound to succeed with her graduate degree plans.”

More about graduation

The College of Professional Studies celebrates two graduations, fall and spring, in keeping with the College’s flexible approach to education offering an array of options to students including part-time and full-time studies, Fast-Track, online, and hybrid formats. To learn more about graduation, visit our 2013 graduation web page.

To read about the College of Professional Studies Graduation Ceremony on April 21, 2013, visit: “A superb example of a modern graduating class”

To read about the recipients of the Excellence in Teaching Award, please visit:

An “Inspiring Instructor who Encourages Intellectual Risk-Taking”

An Instructor who “Encourages Students to Attempt Challenging Problems without Fear or Failure”

To read about the Dean’s Medal recipient, visit:

Doctoral student, Michael S. Hoffman, awarded highest honor for doctoral thesis on online education


Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies (CPS) is committed to providing career-focused educational programs that are designed to accommodate the complex lives of motivated learners. Offered in a variety of innovative formats, CPS courses are taught by accomplished scholars and practitioners who have real-world experience. The result is an educational experience founded on proven scholarship, strengthened with practical application, and sustained by academic excellence.

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a comprehensive, global research university. The university offers more than 80 undergraduate majors and more than 165 graduate programs, ranging from professional master’s degrees to interdisciplinary PhD programs. Northeastern’s research enterprise is aligned with three national imperatives: health, security and sustainability. Northeastern students participate in co-op and other forms of experiential learning in 90 countries on all seven continents.