Worldwide Student Goes Global with Embry-Riddle Degree in Homeland Security
Flight attendant Angelia Keever was drawn to Embry-Riddle because of her aviation background. Now, she’s hoping to take her career to new heights.
Angelia Keever (’25) has been a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines for nearly two decades- no small feat in any career path. When she decided that she wanted to pursue an advanced degree, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University was an easy choice.
“A classmate from my previous school suggested it while we were discussing the future,” she remembered. “He said, ‘You have so much airline experience, why not continue at Embry-Riddle?’”
Flexible, Online Education
Keever applied to Embry-Riddle's Worldwide Campus due to the flexible nature of online programs and was accepted to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security, with a minor in Environmental Science.
She cites her desire to earn her degree as rooted in the opportunity it provides for career advancement and growth.
“Pursuing this career will help me develop critical skills for enhancing public safety and, hopefully, lead to opportunities in a multinational corporation that involves travel and possible relocation,” she shared.
As for her motivation to continue working in the aviation industry, Keever says that her seniority as a flight attendant allows her to often land in a destination she loves: Hawaii.
“Being anywhere in Hawaii is a great source of motivation,” she said.
Studying Abroad in an Online Program
Despite most coursework taking place online, there is no shortage of unique learning opportunities available to Embry-Riddle Worldwide students.
Keever traveled to Germany and Belgium for a trip focused on learning about international affairs and homeland security via firsthand experiences at the United Nations, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the United States Consulate in Frankfurt.
Graduate Education: 4-Plus-1
As for her future endeavors, Keever intends to pursue a Master of Human Security & Resilience through Embry-Riddle's 4-plus-1 program, which allows her to complete her undergraduate and graduate degrees in just five years.
This program places emphasis on safeguarding populations (human security) and their capacity to endure and rebound from various internal and external shocks (resilience). These disruptions encompass a wide range of challenges, from severe weather conditions to acts of terrorism and armed conflict.
Her interest in this program stems from her personal values, goals and ambitions.
“I am committed to making a positive impact on the world. I’m not sure where this will take me, but I am open to new adventures,” she shared, also mentioning that she finds inspiration in her grandmother.
“[She] continues to inspire me; her love for everyone endures even though she is no longer with us.”
In addition to working as a flight attendant and progressing in her studies, Keever also places emphasis on making time for family and hobbies.
“I enjoy a variety of activities, including surfing, hiking, kayaking, cooking, traveling, yoga and solving math problems with my kiddos. We turn it into a game,” she shared, a testament to her own time-management skills and to the flexibility of online programs at Embry-Riddle.
Opportunities for Growth in Homeland Security
When asked what she would say to prospective students considering a similar degree path, Keever had high regard for her program.
“Choosing a bachelor’s degree in Homeland Security offers rewarding opportunities for personal and professional growth, equipping you with skills to address future global security issues and providing a chance to help others while fulfilling your personal goals,” she said.
In addition to this, she offered an inspirational quote that she first heard during a lesson taught by Dr. Cihan , professor of Security & Emergency Services.
If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not your enemy, for every victory gained, you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.