Graduation celebrations were aplenty on Friday December 19, 2014. From the lively tunes of Richard Grossman, faculty member, to the wise words of Pamela Snyder, guest speaker from the VA Medical Center, Minnesota School of Business-Online celebrated the success of 58 graduates.
Student speaker and graduate of the business administration associate degree program, Taylor Smith, brought her infectious joy and optimism to the graduates’ family and friends as she spoke of the never ending support she received as an MSB student.
Taylor declared that her degree, along with the rest of the graduates’ degrees, “…should not be taken lightly; no one on can ever take this from us.”
No one could have predicted what would happen next as faculty member Richard Grossman sang his version of The Beatles’ song Hey Jude, aptly renamed Hey Stude, to impart his advice to the graduates.
Some words of wisdom from his lyrics included:
“Hey Stude, ‘bout to be grad,
You’re prepared to go out and get it.
The minute you join your head and your heart,
Then you can start to make life better.
Anytime you hear that voice inside your head,
Just listen instead to your aorta,
From well you know, that you can trust your common sense and inner wisdom to support ya.
Don’t be afraid, you have found her,
Her name is confidence.
Remember to let her into your heart and then you can start to make life better.”
Richard’s guidance is sure to be remembered, because as his song ended, the entire audience was singing his words of advice!
Guest speaker Pamela Snyder offered a wealth of information to the graduates as a 40-year veteran in the nursing industry. Pamela is currently a nurse recruiter at Minneapolis VA Health Care System. She shared valuable insight to the graduates:
- Know where you want to go and set goals: Start with simple goals and as they are met, let your goals grow and keep your focus.
- Find a personal mentor: As someone who works with veterans, find a military veteran as a personal mentor since they are heroes who will share their life skills.
- Share your knowledge: Use your education to serve others.
- Keep on learning: Get involved! To quote Ben Franklin: “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
- Believe in yourself: Nurture positive views, think about positivity and take care of yourself.
Pamela emphasized in her speech, “We believe in you!”
Congratulations to all of the graduates!