Words of wisdom. At college graduation time, such words inspire newly-minted graduates to reach for the stars and succeed in their career pursuits. On Dec. 21, 2012, a veterinary technology graduate, an accountant and a mayor all shared their words of advice with staff, faculty, students and their families during the Minnesota School of Business-Lakeville and Online graduation ceremony.
All in attendance cheered on 25 graduates as they walked across the stage at Kenwood Trail Middle School and took a giant step into their futures.
Student speakers included veterinary technology graduate Sharaya Shelley and business administration graduate Michael Scholl. Sharaya started the evening by sharing her insights: “Through our education at MSB, we have been given the tools, knowledge and support system needed to navigate through the professional world.”
Sharaya recently completed her externship with VCA Cedar View Animal Hospital in Apple Valley and upon completion was offered full-time employment as a veterinary technician. She will continue to advance her education with the Minnesota School of Business by completing a bachelor’s degree in veterinary technology over the next year.
Michael will also return to pursue a bachelor’s degree in business management, while continuing to work with Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. Both Sharaya and Michael have demonstrated a strong dedication to their education, which is exemplified by their successful career pursuits.
Craig Wilson, accounting program chair, was pleased to serve as our faculty speaker and addressed the graduating class with inspiring and motivating words. Craig started his speech with a story that exemplified that graduation is the culmination of the process of going from a student to a colleague. Craig shared his thoughts on the importance of the love and unwavering support of the students’ family and friends and ended with this final piece of advice: “Return the favor by supporting others.”
Last, our guest speaker was the City of Lakeville Mayor, Matt Little, who provided priceless advice to the group about interviewing, job seeking and taking the right steps to becoming a successful graduate.
Winter Quarter 2013 graduation will be held on Friday, March 22 at a location to be determined. We always encourage graduates to participate in the graduation ceremony as there is no cost and it is a great way to celebrate your tremendous success with family and friends.
Have you ever dreamed of walking across the stage as a successful newly employed graduate? Learn more by visiting www.msbcollege.edu.
By Christine Kleckner, Minnesota School of Business-Lakeville, Director of Career Services