On December 20, the staff and faculty of Minnesota School of Business–Blaine gathered at the Schwan Center to celebrate the accomplishments of the Fall Quarter 2012 graduates. In a room adorned with poinsettias, 42 graduates from various campuses walked across the stage to be honored, including former career services coordinator, Tricia Hayes, and her husband, both earning their master’s degree in business administration.
Rian Ashmore, who earned an associate degree in veterinary technology, was the student speaker and entertained the crowd with a message of achievement and personal thanks for the veterinary technology faculty, who helped him and his fellow cohorts along the way toward their college graduation.
He told the story of different degrees and careers he considered pursuing in the past, but said that veterinary technology is a career field that found him, based on his love for animals and the ability to help them. Recounting sleepless nights, frantic studying, and “more flash cards than humanly possible,” he proudly shared with the crowd what many graduates were feeling: “the tassel is worth the hassle.”
The keynote address was delivered by information technology program instructor Sarah Bowe, who remembered being inspired by the speaker of her high school graduation, reciting a portion of Dr. Seuss’ classic “Oh, The Places You’ll Go.” Bowe told the graduates about the places their newly earned degrees could take them.
She shared encouragement and the attitude for new job seekers to carry with them as they apply, and also revealed to the audience that the speaker at her high school graduation was someone who continues to inspire her on a daily basis, and was in the audience that night: her husband.
I am reminded at each graduation why I continue to work in higher education . . . our students! I cannot even begin to explain the pride I feel when I watch one of our graduates cross the stage and receive their diploma, knowing full-well they overcame many obstacles along the way. On behalf of the faculty and staff at MSB-Blaine, I’d like to congratulate our graduates and wish them the very best in their future career endeavors!!