Washington, D.C. (March 14, 2011): The Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) on March 8 awarded its highest graduate achievement honor to Olubukola “Buki” Papillon of Somerville, Massachusetts.

Papillon is among five graduates of APSCU institutions scheduled to receive the honor during a ceremony on Capitol Hill. The Graduate Recognition for Excellence, Achievement and Talent (GREAT) Award recognizes former students who have demonstrated outstanding academic and personal achievement.

Olubukola “Buki” Papillon, 41, is a graduate of the Cortiva Institute in Watertown, Massachusetts.

A native of Ibadan, Nigeria, Buki attended a rigorous military school during her youth. After graduating at age 16, she attended the University of Kos, in Karduna, Nigeria, where she received a degree in English literature. Buki also attended the University of Hull, in England, where she earned a graduate degree in International Business Law and Lesley College, Cambridge, MA, where she earned a Master of Fine Arts in fiction writing. While studying in Cambridge, Buki also became interested in massage therapy; when she completed her MFA, she enrolled at Cortiva Institute near Boston.

Her goal, she says, was to be able to work in a field that “helps people feel better, and to assist people in knowing how to live longer, healthier lives.” She received a certificate in massage therapy in January 2010, and is a Professional Massage Therapist at Massage Therapy Works, in Somerville, Mass., and at Balanced Health, in Boston, Mass.

About Cortiva Institute

Cortiva Institute is a community of Massage Therapy Schools with 11 locations nationwide, offering full and part-time massage therapy instruction, continuing education courses, student clinics that are open to the public, and career services for graduates. Cortiva schools take a holistic and integrated approach to ensure that our graduates are prepared to work in clinics, hospitals, health clubs, spas, resorts, sports therapy clinics or start their own private practices. Go to www.Cortiva.com for more information.


The Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities is a voluntary membership organization of accredited, private postsecondary schools, institutes, colleges and universities that provide career-specific educational programs. APSCU has more than 1,800 members that educate and support over one million students each year for employment in over 200 occupational fields. APSCU member institutions provide the full range of higher education programs: Master’s and doctoral degree programs, two- and four-year associate and baccalaureate degree programs, and short-term certificate and diploma programs. Visit APSCU at www.apscu.org or follow us on Twitter: @apscunow. On September 22, 2010, APSCU changed its name from the Career College Association.