Summer Graduates Ready to Write Their Own Stories

Posted by on October 28, 2014

2014 Summer Graduates

Earlier in September, Minnesota School of Business-Brooklyn Center held its quarterly graduation ceremony at The Minneapolis Boulevard to celebrate the achievement of its most recent graduates.

Michelle Barsness, director of career services, welcomed everyone to the special event and then introduced the faculty members as they filed into the room.

Tracey Stoeckel, medical assistant and medical administrative assistant program chair, followed as the keynote speaker.

As a former graduate of the MSB medical assistant program, Stoeckel was very much able to relate to the graduates’ excitement. Throughout her speech, she referenced the show “Once Upon a Time,” relating her real life to the fairy tale one she always dreamed of having.

While her life did not necessarily turn out the way she intended, she found a way to make her own happy ending. She told the graduates that they were each responsible for writing their own story, and that moving forward no matter what happens is important. Stoeckel’s words were funny, poignant and inspirational.

Following Stoeckel’s speech, Barsness introduced the first ever co-graduate speakers for the MSB-Brooklyn Center graduation ceremonies: twin sisters Katherine and Samantha Lind.

The sisters took every class together, so it only made sense for them to give a graduation speech together. The Lind Sisters, as they are known on campus, are well known by staff and students as they were actively involved in the AVID program as student tutors. Both sisters earned bachelor’s degrees in software application development, as well as achieving highest honors.

Katherine and Samantha Lind

Katherine’s and Samantha’s energetic graduation speech was reflective, optimistic and humorous. Samantha said that she has been “…very lucky to have my parents’ support during my schooling, and I am going to miss living in their house – particularly the basement.”

Katherine highlighted how learning does not stop once you graduate, saying, “It’s hard to avoid learning. It’s a byproduct of living. But to make the most of your life and of the critical thinking skills encouraged by our AVID campus, you shouldn’t just passively learn. You should actively learn. You should be curious, always looking for new concepts, information and perspectives to enrich your life.”

After hearing from the twins, Diana Igo, campus director, joined with the program chairs in passing out the awards and degrees to the graduates.

Congratulations to all of the summer quarter graduates! We wish you all the best in your future endeavors!

BS: Business Administration

Mai Kou Lee*

AAS: Business Administration

Christopher Earl Patrick Carroll*

BS: Business Management – Human Resources

Kari Martin#

BS: Criminal Justice

Chris Morris**

BS: Health Care Management

Raymond Bartuah

See Xiong

AAS: Information Technology

David Vang

AAS: Medical Administrative Assistant

Jennifer Jerpbak

BS: Software Application Development

Katherine Lind**

Samantha Lind**

** Denotes Highest Honors (4.0 Cumulative GPA)

* Denotes Honors (3.5-3.99 Cumulative GPA)

 # Denotes Perfect Attendance

Thank you to Brent Schauer, campus librarian, for contributing to this story.


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