On Friday, June 14, with family and friends proudly looking on, 39 graduates from the Lakeville and Shakopee campuses of Minnesota School of Business walked across the commencement stage and into the next stage of their lives. The graduates represented diploma, associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in a variety of program fields.
Kris Kulsrud, co-president of The Nerdery, served as the keynote speaker and joined student speakers Kyle Anderson, Katalina Meyer and Crystal Overbey at the commencement ceremony at Metcalf Junior High School in Burnsville.
In her speech, Overbey mentioned the significance of the occasion, stating, “The end of this journey signifies the beginning of another and today I remember what Walt Disney once said: ‘We don’t look backwards for very long, we keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things because we are curious; and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.’”
Meyer also reflected on her time at Minnesota School of Business. “The memories of our journey here will stay with us. Our experiences here have shaped us to who we are today and who we will be.”
Through their years at Minnesota School of Business, the graduates experienced classes, applied learning projects and internships that have prepared them with industry work skills, but there is so much more that leads to a successful career. In his presentation during commencement, Kulsrud discussed the important role those around him played in motivating him to be successful. Kulsrud credits his parents, choir director and colleagues as major influences on his success.
Kulsrud shared five words of wisdom for the graduates to keep in mind throughout their careers:
- Passion. Love what you do; it gives it true meaning.
- Purpose. Know your purpose. Wherever you work, you are there for a reason.
- Perspective. Share your ideas. What you think matters.
- Perception. View the world in a way that not only allows you to meet your goals, but makes you happy.
- Perspiration. Work hard!
Kulsrud also encouraged the graduates to never allow their education to stop, encouraging them to continue learning.
In his remarks, Anderson reflected on a similar point, “One of the life lessons I learned during my time here at MSB was the importance of continuing to challenge myself and set new goals. We all know that the world is more diverse and changing faster than ever. If everyone is special, then by definition, no one is. If everyone gets a trophy, then trophies become meaningless. If you wouldn’t have had to absolutely and brutally earn your college degree, what meaning would it hold? Hold your head up high in confidence, welcome new challenges and new opportunities.”
We congratulate the spring 2013 class and wish them the best of luck!