A bumpy road of rejection and failure brought Sean Cercone to West Virginia University in 1999. Visiting campus in 2017 as a senior vice president, he watched the musical he co-wrote come to life in the same building where he received his shot at success.
Cercone was interested in studying theatre after high school, while his parents wanted him to go into the medical field. He took the path his parents suggested, but eventually failed out of two nursing schools and one emergency medical technician program. When his best friend needed a copilot on a trip to visit Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Maryland, from their hometown in Upstate New York, Cercone volunteered.