WGU 2019 Seattle Master’s Commencement – Full Ceremony


>>this is our largest single
commencement in our university’s
history.>>congratulations to the class
of 2019. it is my honor to introduce our
fantastic keynote speaker. please help me welcome s
Andrews. a week in the life of s Andrews
can find him keynoting at a leadership conference or
possibly helping some global branding with his messaging or
performing at former Barack Obama in Oprah Winfrey’s
backyard . a new type of speaker and
artist who blends inspirational
speaking with spoken word poetry to electrify the messages of
global organizations including Google, Toyota, Nike, and
paypal. also trains speakers to unlock
their own sage might using rock star performance techniques. he
does more than inspire us with his story. he inspires us
with our story.>>this is how wgu gets down. I
like it. I like it. let’s get this party started. I think this
is the official traditional place that you are
supposed to stand as a commencement speaker, right? the
official traditional place. so let me do that. and let me let
you know that if you came here looking for a
“your whole life is ahead of you” speech, if you are getting
ready to hear a “the world is yours for the taking” or “the
world is waiting for you to begin” speech, then you have
come to the wrong place. yeah, you might as well check
Facebook or play fort knight or go to the bathroom or something
because this speech is not for you. this is not a “the world is
yours for the taking” speech. this is a “you have not only
already taken the world, you have purchased the deed, put a
mortgage on it, raised a couple kids in it, put a ring on it,
and paid taxes on it”! please! you have already
taken the world by storm, so this here degree is
simply your proof of purchase. call it your masters receipt. [
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ] >>this, faculty and staff,
family, friends, graduates is not a “you are young, talented,
and facing your truth” speech. this is a “you are grown and
grinding and got stuff to do” type of speech. you are already
in hot pursuit speech. a you finally got no
excuse speech. because we are all full
of excuses until we find something
that works, right? it’s true. we keep saying oh I would
totally lose 20 pounds if I could just work out from home.
until we meet a trainer who says I will meet you at your place at
6:00 a.m. be dressed! 6:00 a.m.? really? we love repeating “I
would totally save more money if I
wasn’t so in debt” until a credit counselor helps us live
off less like a game of rock, credit card, scissors.
eventually, something comes along that removes all of our
excuses. like I would totally get my
degree if I could set my own hours. boom, here is task
stream. log next ex I would totally
finish school, if there was a way to do it from home. boom,
here is a project you can do in your pajamas. log in. and
if I could take class at night, coffee it up, log in. if
I could finish in 18 months. start your clock now, log in. if
I got competency units from my job. you work it. we count
it. log in and start the run, and do
not stop until the goal is won. I am not here for the tradition
as neither are you. it is not I am here thanks to
academic advisors, professors, graders. this is I am here
thanks to tech support, course instructors and
evaluators, thanks to my program mentor who was at my side until the end. even when she calls and
I am not ready so to voicemail I send,
she calls again to help me create my version of the word
win which is why this speech is not a “you have spent the past
four years dutifully striving each semester toward your degree” speech. no, this is a “I
don’t even know what a semester is” speech. this
is, I earned this degree in half the time with double the
course load and twice the gpa at half the cost speech. this is
the world had the nerve to try to tell you what it knows
you cannot do and you look back at the world all confused and
all that came out was who? y’all didn’t know I speak a
little night owl, did you? we know the sound most species
of owls make. no, the sound wgu night owls
make is pshh who as in when you stand face against the dark of
night looking at the end of the tunnel and the world says you
know it is statistically unlikely with your maturity and
your responsibilities that you will ever find a way through
this darkness to a degree, night
owl response, pshh who? I know you not talking about me
because the fire in me has burned bright enough to light my
path through raising four kids or surviving three hurricanes,
serving two tours, enjoying one heaven of a life. so as far as I
am concerned, I am the light at the end of the
tunnel. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ] pshh who! you all are not your
average students which is why this is
not your average commencement day celebration. these are not
even your average commencement day gowns you are
wearing all pristine and unblemished. that ain’t you.
that’s not how you get down. your gown has a little dish soap
and sauce stains from all the nights you came home after work
to find a raggedy pot of hamburger helper on the stove
and a mostly clean kitchen courtesy of your loving husband
and son who were stepping up their chore game so you can get
right to your course work and get that business degree. your gown has
camouflage fatigue stitched into the lining for the
nights you spent faithfully serving your country that
sometimes felt like a cake walk compared to surviving
battlefield of clinical Microbiology while being number
400 in the cue. 400! I won’t be alive by then. see, we are each
robed in the gowns that tell our story as we
congregate today, even me. this is not your average
commencement day speech because in case you haven’t noticed,
this is not your average commencement day speaker. no,
this is poetic voice. most of you don’t even know what
that means. you are like I don’t know, what
is he? a speaker? a performer? poetic voice is the seam less
inspiration of inspirational speaking and spoken word poetry
creating experience where it is not speak, perform, applaud.
it’s seam less so you don’t know where the business speaking ends
and the trains begin. you don’t know when the trains
end and the story telling begins, the theater, comedy,
poetry ends and begins. that’s the beauty of what you
all have created. you have defied the word “or.” you are
saying I am all about “and.” people say are you a
speaker or an entertainer? I answer yes.
“are you a performer or
presenter”? yes. is it business or artistry? yes. I know what
you are going through. the world has been
asking the same questions. are you going
straight to college out of high school or
are you going to get a job? yes. are you going to serve your
country or are you going to go to college? yes. are you going
to be a husband for your spouse or be a college
graduate in your house? yes. make dinner with your kids or
make partner at your firm? yes. be a parent to your kids or be
an example to your kids? yes. because you can’t do both,
that’s what they will try to tell you. when they do, that’s
when we each respond with what? pshh who? I must have
a little night owl in me too. they used to tell me
you won’t make it as a full time poet.
that’s ridiculous. I have been a full time poet for
17 years. pshh who? they say you won’t make it in
the speaking world with spoken word poetry. abandon that and
stick with the traditional way of being a
speaker. I built a successful communications company and built
it all on the backs of the words “I thought I hated poetry but I
kind of like that.” I am always pushing myself into
new unchartered terrain despite what everybody tells me. to be
honest I am still pushing my way into new scary spaces.
can I share? it’s family and friends here. can I share
miscarry space with y’all? there is not a
contemporary spoken word poetry that
typically wins grammys and I launched an album that is going
to try to be the first spoken word poet that beats audio books
and get grammy because my purpose is to create an industry
for young spoken word poets whereby they can make a
purposeful and profitable business so when people tell
them you will never make money as a poet, they can turn around
to the world and say pshh who? hold space for my new album and
me continuing to push myself into new spaces like the
grammys. I am excited. if it sounds like I got a lot to
prove, oh yeah, I do. just like you did. just like you did when
your boss said you think you promotion
material? prove it. when your kids said oh so you
think a college degree is achievable for me? you prove it.
when statistics said you think you can be the exception to our
rules? I will tell you what, the proof
is in the pudding which is why when you hear your name echo
through this stadium today, I want you to step through these
isles, into these isles, like they are pudding fashion run
ways. you better strut through this
room looking like home made fresh out the pot tapioca. when
you walk across this stage you better strive past us
looking like grandma’s banana pudding with the good bananas.
none of them brown bananas. if you a graduate online, I want
you to swag around your living room looked like Louisiana bread
pudding with caramelized bananas, vanilla Bourbon sauce.
graduates, if you feel like this speech is starting to make you
hungry, you’re wrong. it’s not the speech. no, that hunger has
been in you long before I ever showed up.
that hunger is what got you through constantly hearing
voices of family and friends, bosses. “you never come out with
us anymore.” daddy, how come you
always tired?
>>you know you can’t pass that course. let me guess, you have
to study. let mom hurry and get her
nursing degree so she can come home and be our mommy again.
that hunger is what got you through all of that. today is no
longer about the hunger. no, today is finally
about the feast, feasting on the fruits of
your labor. today is not about the thirst. today is about the
toast, raising glasses to you, pursuing
best version of yourself. today is about celebrating the
harvest of your work at this college of i.t. that was built
to work hard for the working, this college of health
professions that grows students who are already grown, this
teaching college that grinds out degrees for those on the grind,
this college of business that lives to help those who have
lived, this new kind of you that works to no end to help students
reach the end where graduates don’t finish like stop, they
finish like win. they don’t stop or say when,
they stop at the end long enough to toss their cap, have a party,
and begin the next chapter of their journey this, this time
stronger with the skills to know how to fall and get back up
again, to hold your head high because you stay lifting your
chin because you have proven your best version can better
itself again. this, this — [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]
>>this here is not a speech to celebrate the first version of
you. no, no this is a speech to celebrate you point two. I am
talking update and repeat like you point three, upgrade to
even more like you, point four, up leveled and multiply, this is
you point five surrounded by faculty, staff, kids, dads, moms
who remind you to never stop short, to always go long and
help you to finish strong like the grease made of Teflon and
night owls telling the word never to bring it on because
this is the day you show there is no storm you cannot weather.
this is the place you prove there is no inspiration on
changing forever and this is the moment the world learned the
futility of telling you never because today is when you put
the world on notice that your best just got better.>>congratulations. thank you.
that’s my new music right there. everybody bop your head. thank
you so much. Congrats.
>>give it up one more time for sekou Andrews! [ CHEERING AND
APPLAUSE ] >>my favorite part of being
chancellor is the opportunity to meet each of you and hear your
stories and your successes. today we have the privilege of
hearing from two of our students. it is my honor to
introduce both of them. first, you will hear
from javen Thibodeaux. she’s receiving her
masters of science degree in nursing,
leadership, and management. javen came all the way from
Augusta, Georgia. we also have Don healther
receiving her master of science degree in management and
leadership. she’s from our home state,
Lacey, Washington. first give it up to the lecturn for javen.
[ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]
>>good morning graduates. welcome to a new chapter of your
life. your hard work has paid off. give yourself a round of
applause for greatness. [ APPLAUSE ]
>>I stand before you grateful for the opportunity to share my
testimony and I hope you leave today inspired. in 2017, I was
in the last semester of my lpn to rn bridge
program. according to my plans, 2017 was
going to be my year. it was going to be the best year
of my life. I was focused on completing rn
school and wasn’t thinking about continuing my education beyond
that. but God had other plans. he chose a different path for
me. in the summer 2017, my five siblings and I lost our mother
unexpectedly. these circumstances left us with
a 12 year old sister to care for. I already had a son of my
own and now we were responsible for
my baby sister as well. we were all grown with careers. during
this low point in our lives, we were kids again.
without our mother’s guidance my siblings and I had to find our
self. my mother was our go to person,
babysitter, chef, voice of reasoning, and our biggest fan.
it was time for us to lean on each other. as the eldest of
five, I had to step up. but I must say I am
prouder of my siblings than of myself. my
siblings stepped in with my sister and son without
hesitation. around fall 2017 when the dust
was settling, I flashed back to a conversation I had with my
mother before the chaos began. I promised her early that year
that I would return to school to complete my bsn before 2020. she
promised to buy me one of the fancy stethoscopes, the one
that does your job for you. I guess my siblings owe me that
$400 gift. I decided to do it for her, my
kids, and myself. I committed to push hard and
fast until I completed this goal. in December, 2017, I moved
from Louisiana to Georgia to start a
new career with my awesome son and my intelligent baby sister. the move brought us
closer to my siblings. now we can be a team
like mom taught us to be. with my sister
and son, Uber became our best friend and
teamwork became our favorite word. we were a mini Army. we
made it look easy. kids had to Uber to football and
cheer practice and I would pick them up on my way home from
work. many times I would get out the
shower to realize food had been delivered. around this time I
realized the kids knew how to use my credit
card a little too well. spring 2018 approached and it
was time to add another challenge. it was time to go
back to school. I realized my
opportunities were limited and I had the ability to
accomplish more. more importantly I had that
promise to keep. after starting my rn career in
February 2018, I began wgu that spring. turns out this was a
great decision. with the help of my
mentoring course instructors I was able to
bridge from rn to msn in two terms. this was paired with 48
to 60 hour work weeks and many sleep
less nights. off days, I would spend ten
hours or more completing modules. my laptop was my
constant companion. we went everywhere
together, kids cheer leading, football
games, maybe football practices but not the games. I was always
working on a wgu task. I would wake up at 5:30
before work just to check task screen
for the revisions. I would complete them before my
shift at 5:30 if needed. I made it through my days fueled
by caffeine and pep talks from my middle sister Megan. I can
hear her now. for as long as I knew you, you
wanted to be a nurse. what are you crying for now? she’s
sitting in the audience tooting her horn. it was support
like this from family and friends that fed my
fire. today less than two years later
I stand here as an msn graduate, assistant nurse manager,
certified progressive care nurse. for this I have to give
special thanks to my support team, my
kids for being troopers, siblings for pushing me when I
thought I couldn’t move, my uncle who was like a brother,
God sister who is more like a sister, my partner and friend
who understood I needed time to heal but offered his support,
most of all my family for cheering me on. everyone will
not you walk the same path. we all must choose
our own. as we leave today, I challenge
you to push your limits. apply for the job you think you
are not qualified for. take the new certification. pursue the
new degree. take whatever LEAP you need to
take to get to your next level. remember much like the 3:00 a.m.
revisions, it’s no such thing as fail. fail is just a first
attempt in learning. thank you. [ APPLAUSE ]>>good morning fellow
graduates, family, friends. as someone who has worked in
higher education for the past seven years I have had the
opportunity to participate in more commencement ceremonies
than I can count. the student speeches and stories
of overcoming obstacles are always remarkable and inspiring
and it is the best part of working in education. as I have
listened to all these wonderful stories of triumph
throughout my career I promised myself if ever given the
opportunity to tell someone my story, I would jump at the
chance in hopes of inspiring the audience as many have inspired
me. all of us graduates have a story
and my obstacles are no greater than those of others. those
close to me will tell you that I am a planner. whether it
is outfits, events, planning my entire grown up
life, this is a trait that has pros and cons. at 27 years old,
I considered myself to be on the right path.
I had finished my undergraduate degree. I had been promoted and
relocated to a new city and was doing all the things a normal 27
year old should be doing. but as all of us know today,
when we think we have it figured out, life will throw us a curve
ball. an evening while visiting with a
friend I lost all feeling in the upper half of my body. I could
hardly speak, could not feel or move my arms and I have
never been so scared. the er did not have immediate
answers and once I regained feeling a few hours later I was
instructed to follow up with my physician. many doctors visits,
tests, er stays over the next year, I lost
feeling a couple more times in my hands and torso, had a stand
tingling, painful sensation. I struggled with common daily
activities like tearing a check from a check book, clasping a
necklace, even opening a creamer bottle. my sense of touch was
changed and even my hair didn’t feel the
same. diagnoses were ruled out and
others suspected but it wasn’t until I had the same pain in my
legs that they gave the official diagnosis. hearing that you have
multiple sclerosis at 27 was nothing I
had planned for. I knew enough about the disease
to instantly begin thinking the worst. I will not be able to
walk. I will lose my eyesight. my mind wandered to the darkest
places and struggled coming to terms for years and in the end I
was terrified I might lose myself to the disease. in
addition to being a planner, I am also stubborn. has anybody
told you that you can’t do something? I don’t know
about you but when that is said to me, there is no
easier way to get me to do that than tell me I am incapable.
that’s a fact. when my physician told me I
would not be able to handle my high stress job managing a
college much longer I did it so well I got a new position
managing a program. when she told me I couldn’t
handle my new higher stress job plus enrollment in a masters
program, here improving her wrong today. thank you. I am
grateful for her telling me ms would limit my abilities as
it has made me more determined to overcome this disease. there
are days when I am in pain and struggle just to get out of
bed but I refuse to become a statistic. according to national
ms society, only 1/3 of patients
diagnosed with ms are able to work as it is the most
debilitating disease in young adults. statistics like these
make me feel incredibly lucky that my
disease is not worsened and I will hope to pursue my next
goal, a doctorate degree. thank you. as you get ready to walk
across the stage, I encourage you to
reflect on how much you have overcome to be here. think about
obstacles, the setbacks, and also consider
inspirations and support along the way. think about the people
that told you you couldn’t do it and
perhaps send them a thank you card. you did it and you are
greater than everything that stood in
your way. of course we have to give credit
where credit is due to those that have supported us through
this journey. I thank my mom and step dad who
sat through count less appointments and always gave me
advice whether I wanted it or not. we all know how that goes.
my sisters and my many dear friends, thank you for listening
and believing I didn’t feel well when so many others questioned
me. you never know how much that means to someone. to my dear friend
and colleague, thank you for calling and
telling me to enroll in wgu and pushing me along the way when I
didn’t think I could finish. lastly, to my dad who passed
away unexpectedly just over a year ago, about a month after I
started this program. I have to thank him for always
believing in me no matter what I wanted to do in my life. you
should be here and this one is for you. thank you.
[ APPLAUSE ] >>I think it is fair to say
that both jayven and dawn took seyco’s advice before they it with pshh who. thank you. let’s
give them one more round of applause. [ APPLAUSE ]
>>I am so impressed by the stories each of our students
have to share and the many obstacles each of you face in
pursuit of your dreams and aspirations that are placed
before you. I am grateful for your examples
of resilience and clear perseverance that you have with
your face in your gaze forward. despite all the setbacks and
those telling you you are limited in any pursuit that you
may have, instead you look forward and persevere. I am
grateful to that example that jayven gave to that younger
sister of hers. I am grateful to the example
that dawn gives to each and every one of us that even in
spite of obstacles and challenges and everything else,
that you continue, that you persevere. it is truly a
remarkable thing. I love the advice that also dawn
gives in simply saying thank you to each of those who doubted.
thank you. because it allows us to lift our
gaze a little bit higher, to ask ourselves why not? why can’t I
do what I want to do? each of you are an example
to all of us who associate with
wgu. you have asked that question of
yourself, why not? thank you again and give
yourselves one more round of applause. [ APPLAUSE ]>>we would like to recognize
each of our masters degrees
candidates. please rise including all of
those watching via web cast. please stand up. all of you, stand up. upon favorable
recommendation of faculty and invested in me, I
hereby confer upon you masters degree or endorsements you have
earned to include the master of arts, master of arts in
teaching, master of business administration, master of
education, master of science or educator endorsement, with all
the rights and privileges there too congratulations and welcome
to the community of innovative, bold, credible professionals.
congratulations. [ APPLAUSE ] >>you may please be seated for
the moment. all of those will recognize our
masters graduates wear a hood bearing the color of their
discipline. the following leaders from each
of our colleges will present diplomas to our graduates.
academic Vice President, college of business. academic programs
director, college of health professions,
academic Vice President, college of information technology,
academic operations Vice President, teachers college. please welcome to the lecturn>>will the graduates from
college of business starting with the first row please come
forward at the direction of the marshals to be recognized
individually. Connie luu, debrah Maxwell,
shanesha brewer, Lisa gerber,
Gayle Wong, Martin son, Brenda Anne schwilke, shawna Adams, Lucas moncrieff, Christopher
stromdahl, Marie barreto, ranell
brown, James ritter, Preston
Mcgrew, krista haight. , sarita wall, Lauren hausner, dawn helzer, Ashley pelikan, attilio conte, Sean Herbert, Amanda kizer, Teresa hooks, John
lasky, Anthony dinsay, rhondine
Jordan, Georgia green, Cristina
Mcclenahan, Mary loony, drew
berson, carly braunstein, Thomas
Graham, sonja aletter, Jessica
white, sarah Mccue, lan pham,
Cody beaver, liberty Harrison, amber Marlowe, Kyle Patterson, Kimberly santsche, krystal
girard, Caroline nielson. antoni na larsen, Martin
blochberger. alonz a Matthews, vy lam, Tim
mowry, Carl polson, melinda
wittenmeier, ray coble, melinda
hasenkamp, gira shah, lynda
musselman, carrie sanvick, Caroline kimani, jeanne
holifield, nathaniel higham,
Catherine daily, Susan Allen, sarah hill, patti timbers, Brian
molina, jr, toni black, Amy down-maul, allyson metters,
bernadette yawny, jordyn, Sara
kitchen, Stephen gese, Jeremy
Johnson, ericka Campbell, annika
wallendahl, Jonathan concepcion, John peltier, felicia beier , Patrice moon, abby brandt, Jill
harring ton, Anne hoelting, Lisa baird, ghetai Scott, suzette
pump, Joseph derousie, jr,
Edward John resha III, Jessica
cheuvront, Gabriel mora, Joshua
bicchinella, sagrario jimenez,
Angela brown, Victoria moyer,
Allison Anne marin, Diane
Wickerham, Brent Carlson, Sara
zayic, Melanie swenson, Angela
byrne, Brenda vigil, Ruben
Butler, kiley hatch, Rachel
Alton, Rebecca Morgan, Carol
bailie, Tamara marshall, Nicole
Mckay, Kimberly batts, Marc
burgess, alyssa kirschennm an,
sandy harper, imelda honores, Jacob frampton, Jennifer hine, Jonathan madera, hilda brown, Eddison valerio, shelby zinn, Elaine randhawa, damara Acosta, Chelsea holte, sheree Bennet, John truex, yolanda keys,
ashleigh rauch, Jennifer
dickison, Holly gorski, toni
schwellinger, Candace Christiansen, Laura Musgraves, Jenna harper, Lori dilio, Stacey
Donovan, Lindsay Bradley,
Timothy barnhart, Jennifer Smith, jacqueline Jamison,
sanjay Fernandez, Samantha
solem, Sheila Alvarez navarro, Jamie voigt, Ashley Mcnutt, Luke conklin, wendel
fortenberry, Brenda torrez,
Celia alicia rouse, Sara
kangas-hanes, Austin gray, Anne
anderle, Sara Jones, Kristin
ray-sprenger, Amanda carpenter, Matthew leitholt, zeona bender, Amy laufmann, Michelle hardin, Jessica corbitt, Lori deen, Amy
tiemeyer, Susan Blair, sahar
mansouri, audra brook, Nathan
maltos, jarrad bowen, Robert
pohl, chelsa vangrunsven, Jeffery Scott, Emily Vincent, Autumn music-schmitz , tristan
murachamian, biju Simon, Catherine hedland Hansen, Lisa
Lee, Kelly green, mariana
Benton, Deborah weiner, Cristina
samples, lena kostenk o, Anthony
neal, Rochelle Daniel deidre petty, robb crabtree,
Georgialeen Jamie paglinawan,
Jeff julio madirazzo, Christie
huling, Dr. Rarkimm fields, Dana ralph, Mary Barnes, larinio
ursua, Rachel colleran, Cristina
butterton, Michelle ehlman, Catherine Mccann, Samantha
Schultz, liliya nikolova, Philip
balmanno, Christian huber,
Hilary br on. bst, Donald Miller, chaya
chavez, Karen Turner, Kate
mutibura, Amanda rasmussen, Harley mullens, norene
Rodriguez, Elizabeth Gutierrez, zoilo-luis alviar, kelsey cruse, cheng jiang, Sean curran, Paula
Benjamin, abdallah abdo, thailya
phorn, Joshua lecha, Rebecca
Gardner, Daniel cano, corri
Lewis, Jon miyabuchi, ruslan
makhlouf, allain braunscheidel,
janelle pike, Laura hagemann,
payden wolfe, Sherri pierce,
Maria carmella paras David, Janet garza, Brittany Rogers, Cameron Stevens, emelina diaz
Wiley, Mary hance, nicolette
slaughter, Joshua sharp, mark
Ingram, Ethan doak, Jeffery
bunker, Teresa James, Karen
spangler, sydney goulard, Joshua
Cummings, Stephanie Thompson, shivaraj soushetty, amber
Martinez , Jill cullen, Scott
Saunders , rhodie Moran, aurrendyrn saycoda, Stephanie
reeves, Timothy schofield, Elizabeth kozloff, shayla
schofield, Mike George, Heather
Roman, kaja kadima, florina yee, esther lim,. congratulations
college of business graduates. [ CHEERING
AND APPLAUSE ]>>will the graduates from
college of health professions starting with the first row
please come forward at the direction of the marshals to be recognized individually.>>janelle dunn, Amy Harrison,
Donna Brockway, Stacey Robinson,
Susan warnick breslin, Elizabeth staub, Jennifer harpham, Catherine pinnell, Adrienne
Smith, Brenda aragon, Patricia
winslow, Cynthia sofio, rebekah kube, Margaret fanning, salena
Reid, mae woodward, teshieka
Curtis-pugh, Tammy Washington, Megan Nelson, Kimberly whitt, tonia wells, Venice cass, Angelica labreck, griselda
cobbos, Kathy casaus-nemith,
Bridget powell, patti rathbun, Catherine Robertson, Angela
ament, Rebecca barton, jolanda
Tate, tanisha Dickens, karmela palmar, aretha Payne, christy
Mcmurray, Emily Adams, Jennifer
sayles, crissa flink, kathleen sayles, Shannon lindlahr, noela
Richardson, erica Lawrence,
Dorothy Lee, Anna conoy, jayven
tipado, Cristina mayberry, Alan
coyle, Kimberly Marcus, jesan
Frazier. >>Berlin degrees.>>Conferral of degrees.
>>Congratulations College of
health graduates. [ Applause ].>>Will the graduates from the
columns of information technologies starting with the
first row please come forward at the direction of the marshals to
be recognized individually. >>Conferral of degrees information technology.
>>Congratulation college of information
technology graduates. [ Applause ].>>All right wake up WGU teachers
College. Before we get started I must, watching this guy here
though, who? Thank you so much teachers College.>>Will the graduates from the
Teachers College starting with the first row please come
forward at the direction of the Marshalls to be recognized
individually. >>Conferral of degrees. Teachers College.>>The will —
>>Congratulation teachers college
graduates. [ Applause ].>>Graduates please accept our
sincere congratulations and do not join the ranks of more than
150 154,000 alumni. Congratulations again. You will be happy to learn that
we have a very active alumni community. We invite you to stay
in Paul’s. You can visit alumni.W.EDU.to connect with
many night elves and to take advantage of the resources
available to you. The academic degree you have
earned at WGU will open doors for you and allow you to explore
new opportunities. But it is important to remember the
commencement it is not the end. It represents a new beginning.
Encourage you to explore your dreams, dear to discover and
follow your passions whatever they may be. And whatever you
choose to do what well. And great things will follow.
Learning is a lifelong journey. I suppose that it is now the one
that has become a habit of both your heart and your mind. I
argue that you continue your journey to reach out to others
and pursue their dreams. Identify meaningful way to come
contribute to your community. Now , as is a sign of the times we
would like to take a moment and celebrate us amazing event with
the Sophie. I will and by Chancellor Drake to come
up here and will take a Sophie with all of you as our
background. This is not an opportunity for you to get your
phones out and take your selfies as well. Let’s get in here. Awesome. We got him. There we go. Get them out there.
See if you can find your family in the dance. As you celebrate
this day on social media please remember to use the # WGU grad . Does not concludes our
commencement ceremony. And please remain seated until our
graduates have filed out. Thank you and congratulations once
again. [ Applause ].>>[ Music ]. Instrumental.>>Graduate recessional.

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