A New Beginning for 25 Graduates

Posted by on June 18, 2013

Friday, June 14, marked a milestone for 25 students from Minnesota School of Business-Brooklyn Center campus: graduation.  Students, families and friends gathered at Maple Grove High School to watch these graduates walk across the stage, receive their degree and begin their next journey in life.

Minnesota School of Business, graduationThis quarter’s keynote speaker was Jen Frost, Minnesota’s Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Woman of the Year.  Frost is not a new name to the Brooklyn Center campus. staff and faculty helped to support her “Womanless Beauty Pageant” this past April, which was just one of her fundraising events.  In total, she raised nearly $20,000 in 10 weeks.

Frost spoke to the graduates about strength, bravery and boldness. She said, “Now that you have cleared this mountainous hurdle and move forward after graduation, I encourage you to be strong enough to know when you are weak, brave enough to face yourself when you are afraid, and bold enough to be yourself and try new things.”

Minnesota School of Business, graduation

Jen Frost, Keynote Speaker

As Frost explained her philanthropic passions, she reminded the graduates to find their own passions and ways to give back.  “Now that you have your new degree and you start to plan your career, make sure to take time to embrace your passions and give back to those that have supported you through your journey.”

The two graduate speakers were Maria Haro Ritchey and Cheryl Nordquist.  Haro Ritchey spoke to her peers about dreams and making those dreams a reality.  She explained that as graduates, the entire group obviously began pursuing their dreams; however, graduating is not enough.  “This school has given us the knowledge to succeed in our field, but we need something more.  A professional needs to have passion, perseverance and drive to stand out in their chosen field.   We have the tools now.  Will we use them to become who we want to be?   I’m sure going to try, and I know you will too.”

Minnesota School of Business, graduation

Maria Haro Ritchey, Graduate Speaker

Nordquist, back in college after working in hardware retail for the past 35 years, is proof that no matter where a person is in their life’s journey, it is possible to go back to school to pursue a new career.  Two of her big messages to her peers were to “find ways to be lifelong learners and “follow your passion beyond your professional life.”  Nordquist has been able to follow her passions through music, writing, traveling and service to others.

Following the three speeches, the awards and degrees were handed out to the graduates by the program chairs and then conferred by Ann Deiman-Thornton, dean of faculty.

Congratulations and best wishes to the following Minnesota School of Business-Brooklyn Center graduates:

  • Minnesota School of Business, graduation

    Cheryl Nordquist, Graduate Speaker

    Emmanuel Bockarie, Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice

  • Angel Butcher, Diploma, Business Administrative Assistant
  • Allysza Castile, Associate in Applied Science, Medical Assistant
  • * Ashlee Cooper, Diploma, Massage Therapy
  • * Christopher DeGidio, Bachelor of Science Business Management, Human Resource Management
  • Kanesha Farris, Associate in Applied Science, Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Hedy Freels, Associate in Applied Science, Medical Assistant
  • * Maria Haro Ritchey, Associate in Applied Science, Information Technology
  • Aldina Korman, Bachelor of Science, Business Administration
  • Kalai Lee, Associate in Applied Science, Medical Assistant
  • Jessica Liebrenz, Associate in Applied Science, Sales and Marketing
  • ** Katherine Lind, Associate in Applied Science, Information Technology
  • ** Samantha Lind, Associate in Applied Science, Information Technology
  • Christina Litt, Associate in Applied Science, Paralegal
  • Ashley Nelson, Diploma, Medical Assistant
  • Cheryl Nordquist, Diploma, Massage Therapy
  • Jacquetta Parker, Associate in Applied Science, Medical Assistant
  • Trameka Rollins, Diploma, Medical Assistant
  • Charlotte Simmons, Bachelor of Science Business Management, Human Resource Management
  • ** Adam Sisneros, Bachelor of Science, Information Technology
  • Alex Staples, Bachelor of Science, Media Business
  • Bounsong Thatsanaphone, Associate in Applied Science, Business Administration
  • Charlotte Watson, Associate in Applied Science, Paralegal
  • Yer Xiong, Bachelor of Science, Paralegal
  • Gao Yang, Associate in Applied Science, Accounting Tax Specialist

** Denotes Highest Honors (4.0 Cumulative GPA)
* Denotes Honors (3.5-3.99 Cumulative GPA)

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