The journey to graduation is often filled with late nights and early mornings, but students at the Lakeville and Shakopee campuses of Minnesota School of Business have learned that the reward is well worth the dedication. Thirty-one students walked across the stage at the summer graduation ceremony held at Shakopee West Junior High School, to receive diplomas, associate degrees or bachelor degrees.The graduates heard from two fellow classmates—Peter Alan, a business administration graduate at the Shakopee campus, and Jeffrey Robinson, a business management graduate at the Lakeville campus—who offered their congratulations to their cohorts, while also reflecting on the experience they shared while at Minnesota School of Business, and what lies ahead.
“We made it. Here it is; the top of the mountain. It is a pretty good feeling. Or just maybe is it the bottom of some bigger mountain?” Alan said.A common theme became apparent—learning is a lifelong process, a valuable and necessary piece to success.
“As we move out into the ‘real world,’ remember that it is education that creates thought provoking ideas,” Robinson said. “Those ideas turn into change and it is change that creates the real world. Education and the real world are intertwined and are forever dependent upon one another. One is no more or less important than another. Take what you have learned in your time here and push the boundaries of what is possible.”
In addition to hearing from Alan and Robinson, the graduates were treated to a keynote address by Carolina Bradpiece, President and CEO of the Scott Carver Dakota Community Action Partnership. Bradpiece offered the students advice on finding success both personally and professionally, while reinforcing the importance of education throughout the graduates’ lifetimes.
Greeted by families and other loved ones, the graduates left the auditorium to take photos, eat cake and thank the instructors who guided them to the finish line.
The faculty and staff at the Lakeville and Shakopee campuses wish the graduates much success and look forward to keeping in touch throughout their careers!