The evening of Friday, September 28, 2012, marked a new beginning for 33 graduates from Minnesota School of Business-Brooklyn Center as the quarterly graduation took place at Maple Grove High School. Of the 33 graduates, 21 participated in the ceremony. The evening began with a welcome from Andrew Kagol, Associate Director of Career Services.
Jim Cook followed as the evening’s keynote speaker. Cook has been a faculty member with Minnesota School of Business for the past 16 years. Over the years, he has taught many classes, but most often, Cook is found teaching Psychology, Interpersonal Relations, and other Social Sciences courses.
Cook chose to take a different spin on his speech as he began by reading a rejection letter that he recently came across–the candidate rejected the company’s rejection. Audience members, especially the graduates, had a good laugh over that. He reminded students that it is not easy to find employment and that it sometimes takes a great deal of determination.
Often as Cook started speaking, music played. He explained that the music was playing because what he was saying was profound. We each have background scores as we go through life, and it is important for everyone to be attentive and listen to that music. The sounds of our life provide a score that explains our existence. A change in the music tells us to stop and listen to what is coming.
At the end of his speech, he had the graduates close their eyes and listen as family and friends repeated the following several times: “I believe in you. I am proud of you. I love you.”
Following the keynote, one of the graduates addressed his peers. Richard “Tony” Brown earned his Associate in Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice.
Two of Brown’s accomplishments at the Brooklyn Center campus were becoming a founding member of the Criminal Justice Club and participating in Hill Day. Brown first received his GED in the fall of 2008 and decided to start college shortly after. Unfortunately, he was involved in a motorcycle accident, which caused him to withdraw.
In January 2010, he was finally able to start fresh at Minnesota School of Business. He joked that he had to take Algebra during his first quarter at school, and that hurt him more than the accident did! However, he worked as hard as he could and ended up making the Dean’s list. Brown explained to the audience that perseverance was the key. He ended his speech with a quote from Albert Einstein: “If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got.”
Ann Deiman-Thornton, Dean of Faculty, concluded the ceremony by passing out the awards and the degrees. Congratulations and best wishes to all 33 graduates!