Twenty-seven students from Minnesota School of Business-Richfield (MSB) graduated on Friday, Sept. 27. The graduates, joined by their online counterparts, proudly took their place on the stage at the Richfield Middle School Auditorium.
Celina Serrano, who graduated with honors and received her MBA, was chosen to be this year’s student speaker. Celina is also a graduate admissions representative for Globe University’s Online division. Celina was the first person in her family to graduate college, and she mentioned she struggled with learning disabilities growing up.
“Eventually I learned to how to manage them and not let them manage me,” Celina said.
Richard Grieman, the information technology program chair at MSB-Richfield, was selected to be the faculty speaker. He stressed the importance of giving back to the world after graduation by volunteering.
“There are people who have dedicated their professional lives to making the world into a better place,” Richard said. “Since improving the world is a notoriously unprofitable enterprise, these people are chronically short of money and resources. That’s where you come in.”
The keynote speaker was Tim Carter, general manager of Richfield/Bloomington Honda. This auto dealership has been a wonderful community partner for MSB-Richfield throughout the years. Tim offered insight as to how he got where he is and what he looks for in employees, as the company motto is “our people make the difference” —something that is more than just a slogan for them. The four things he looks for in an employee, in order, are as follows:
- Positive Attitude
- Strong Work Ethic
- A Desire to Help Others Succeed
“If you do numbers one, two, and three better than everyone else, you’ll get results,” Tim said, explaining why results was at the bottom of the list.
An underlying theme of all the speakers’ messages was giving back, helping others, and a having positive attitude. Because, as Tim said, “life isn’t what happens to you, it’s how you react to what happens.”
Congratulations to all of our graduates:
Patricia Baker – AAS: Cosmetology Business
Andrew Beck* – BS: Business Management
Michael Becker – Diploma: Accounting
David Berndt* – BS: Accounting
Colan Boggess, BS: Game and Application Development
Anessa Brittain – BS: Business Management
Andrew Buchanan* – BS Game and Application Development
Kevin Byrne – AAS: Music Business
Timothy Chu – BS: Information Technology
Michael Collins: AAS: Paralegal
Savannah Cooley* – AAS: Paralegal
Rebecca Doe – AAS: Medical Assistant
Paul Edwards – AAS: Digital Video and Media Production
Rudy Hershberger* – BS: Business Management
Emily Leibfried – AAS: Paralegal
Zachary Merrick-Gonzalez – BS: Game and Application Development
Bryce Myhre – BS: Information Technology
Jautassa Nelson* – BS: Business Management
Barika Rankin – AAS: Cosmetology Business
Alexia Roberts –AAS: Business Administration
Peter Stalker – AAS: Game and Application Development
Julina Triplett – AAS: Cosmetology Business
John Tshimbalanga – AAS: Management Accounting
Brandon VanArman* – BS: Information Technology
Mai Vang – BS: Paralegal
Hayden Wallraff – BS: Game and Application Development
Ryan Wiens – BS: Business Management
* = Honors Graduate 3.5-3.99 Cumulative GPA
Thank you to the Careers Services Teams for putting on such a wonderful event.