On the evening of Thursday, March 22, 2012, the Brooklyn Center campus held its quarterly graduation event at Maple Grove High School. This quarter there were 27 graduates representing each program that Brooklyn Center has to offer. The evening began with a welcome from Andrew Kagol, Associate Director of Career Services.
Joy DesMarais-Lanz followed as the evening’s keynote speaker. Joy just recently resigned as Brooklyn Center’s Business Program Chair, which is a role that she held for the past three years. Joy is now the Director of Alumni Relations for HOBY (Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership). She spoke to the students about making transitions in life as well as three important pieces to never forget: do not burn bridges, leave a place better than you found it, and always take time to reflect.
The first student speaker for the evening was Rhonda Holbrook who received a Diploma in Medical Assisting. She spoke to the audience about hardships that she has encountered in life but especially during her journey at MSB. The second student speaker was Marissa Fossati who received an Associate in Applied Science in Medical Assisting. Marissa thanked her daughter several times for being so patient over the past few years. She also thanked Cherika deJesus, Torri Lattimore, and Kara Kalbus for convincing her to never give up.
Ann Deiman, Dean of Faculty, and the program chairs passed out the awards to the students. The evening ended with a reception of cake and punch for all of the guests to enjoy.