Friday, June 13, 2014, marked a new beginning for a group of graduates from Minnesota School of Business-Brooklyn Center campus (MSB) as they walked across the stage to accept their diplomas.
The quarterly graduation ceremony took place at The Minneapolis Boulevard Hotel, and family and friends packed the room and friends of the eleven students who chose to attend. After a short introduction by Michelle Barsness, director of career services, Michelle Rivard, faculty member and AVID liaison, gave the keynote address.
Rivard explained to the graduates that her goal was to come up with something memorable to say, so she thought back to her own graduations to come up with some material. The only material she could remember from each ceremony, however, was how hot she was in her cap and gown, how she hoped that she would not trip going across the stage, and how she hoped to make a lot of money at her graduation party so she could purchase the latest technological toy (which went from a boom box to a cellular device to an iPod).
Since she clearly did not remember anything important from the speeches, she chose to use the theme, “Graduates, you are awesome!” How were they awesome? Rivard said, “Graduates, you are awesome because of your persistence, positivity and pride.” At the conclusion, she called each graduate by name and said, “You are awesome.”
Following Rivard’s memorable speech, three graduates shared their words of wisdom. Michael Rooney graduated with an Associate in Applied Science in Information Technology. He shared his hardships, goals and motivation. Rooney ended his speech by saying, “MSB is far from being just an ordinary college you go to. The staff here really does strive to make sure you succeed in your career because that’s what their passion drives them to do: succeed.”
Abby Phomphakdy was the second speaker. Phomphakdy graduated with an Associate in Applied Science in Medical Assistant. She shared with the audience why she chose the medical field. “I went into the medical assisting program because of my experiences at the doctor’s office with my first son. My nurse and doctor were wonderful, and I loved how they treated me and made me feel like I was their only patient that day. That is an amazing feeling, and it was a feeling I wanted others to feel when they walked into their provider’s office. People may forget what you do or say, but they will not forget how you made them feel.”
The final speaker was David Clark, and he graduated with an Associate in Applied Science in Business Administration. Clark admitted that he had been on a rough path several years prior, but one person gave him a chance to do better; he took it. He said, “I decided that I needed to go back to school and finish what I started years ago.” He did go back, graduated, and has taken every opportunity presented to him. Now, he is on a path now to bigger and better things.
The MSB-Brooklyn Center campus congratulates all of our graduates!
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Associate in Applied Science in Business Administration
David W Clark
Diploma in Business Administrative Assistant
Amanda M Carter
Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Finance
Terrence J Murray
Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Human Resources
Tina Marie Nevala
Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Marketing
Nicholas Larson § #
Associate in Applied Science in Information Technology
Michael Jason Lee Rooney §
Associate in Applied Science in Medical Assistant
Michelle R Nget
Bachelor of Science in Paralegal
Nickie Dawkins §
Associate in Applied Science in Paralegal
Lindsi Joyce Smithknecht §
§ – Denotes Honors (3.5-3.99 Cumulative GPA)
# Denotes Perfect Attendance
We wish you all the best of luck in your future endeavors!