Vet Tech Student Gets Graduation Surprise

Posted by on April 8, 2013

It’s a tradition at Minnesota School of Business-Elk River’s graduation ceremony to surprise one graduate who we feel has earned the right to be named graduate of the quarter.

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Graduate of the Quarter Andrew Rippe

At this quarter’s ceremony, Andrew Rippe, a vet tech degree graduate, received the honor of being named our graduate of the quarter.

“I was absolutely surprised,” Rippe said.  “A friend of mine was sitting next to me and was like, ‘It’s you!’ but I just couldn’t believe it was me.”

Rippe chuckled as he stated that he finally knew it was him when Academic Coordinator Lea Poirier, identified that the award recipient was a “he” in the vet tech program (Rippe was the only male vet tech graduate).

Here is what Poirier, who presented the award to Rippe, read at the ceremony:

“This quarter’s graduate of the quarter is one of the most dependable, trustworthy and professional students we have ever encountered at the Elk River campus. The student has a natural ability to interpret animal behavior, and always performed their student worker tasks with integrity.

“This student has not only served his time as a vet tech student, but he has also served his country and made it proud.”

A unanimous vote by Elk River’s faculty and staff selected Rippe for the award.

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Rippe learning he is graduate of the quarter

Now that he’s attained an associate degree in veterinary technology, Rippe and his wife are moving back to Colorado where they met. Their dogs, Jersey and Lilly, will make the move too.

Once settled, Rippe is hoping to obtain a career as a vet tech at a large referral clinic.


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