Alumni Spotlight: David Copeman

Alumnus David “Scoop” Copeman Looks Ahead to a Bright Future


By Jule Epstein |   October 2010

David Copeman , Alumnus

David  “Scoop” Copeman, a highly decorated Navy Seal Senior Chief, began his UMUC  master’s degree in Computer Technology with an ambitious goal—to graduate and  retire by May 2008.

No  stranger to a challenge—David completed his bachelor’s degree in 2005 while  deployed in Afghanistan—he  began looking for a master’s program when his unit transferred to Iraq in 2006.  He decided on UMUC.

“I looked at a couple of different options and found that  UMUC was the best choice for me,” says David. “UMUC has an excellent record  of being military friendly, so I signed up for my first class starting January  of 2006.” 

Although  the road ahead promised some looming obstacles, David charged forward and  attributes his strong family structure and work ethic for getting him through. At  times, his service as a “Dev Group” Seal made it extremely challenging for him  to plan for his studies. “Being in a unit that did  multiple rotations overseas, I found that the most difficult part was balancing  my studies with family, friends, training commitments, and deployments,”  explains David.