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Courage and Determination Highlight Graduation

Published on March 25, 2014 by Tiffany Coleman

(MERIDIAN) Broadview University has produced 10 more graduates who are ready for the Treasure Valley workforce. On Friday, March 21, a new group of students became the sixth official graduating class at the Boise campus. The graduates represent the university’s medical assistant, medical administrative assistant, paralegal and veterinary technology programs. Along with the traditional pomp and circumstance, stories of courage and determination highlighted the graduation celebration.

Ten students at Broadview University-Boise campus become alumni. The group became the school’s sixth official graduating class on Friday, March 21, 2014. Pictured from left to right; Jennifer Taylor, Alie Columbus, Kaitlynn Leavitt and Katrina Marks.

Friends, family, staff members and Idaho Business for Education President & CEO Rod Gramer, the event’s keynote speaker, gathered in the school’s commons area to share the graduates’ special moment. Following opening remarks and Gramer’s keynote address, graduate Francisco Ayala Espana spoke to the crowd—sharing the story of his experience at Broadview University.

Ayala Espana, a medical assistant program graduate, said he learned many valuable skills and accepted good advice during his journey. The former construction worker also said he was able to accomplish his goal—despite a lot of family support.

“As a proud student graduating from Broadview University I would like to say with great honor that it has been a hard trip these last two years,” Ayala Espana said. “I would like to thank all the wonderful coaches that helped me get there. If it wasn’t for their patience and advice, we as students wouldn’t make it. I would also like to give a special thanks to my main instructor Julie Quinn for caring for her students with great passion and for showing us the best skills in our trade.”

Francisco Ayala Espana, a former construction worker, said he learned many valuable skills during his journey. He proudly accomplished his goal—despite a lot of family support.

Following his speech, the graduates’ degrees were conferred.

Ayala Espana, Abby Jensen and Laken Loomis received Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assistant degrees. Stephanie Birkinbine received an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Administrative Assistant degree. Jennifer Taylor and Cyndee Jakovac received Associate in Applied Science in Paralegal degrees, and Lynette Alcorn, Alie Columbus, Kaitlynn Leavitt and Katrina Marks received Associate in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology degrees.

Since opening its doors in January of 2011, the campus has produced 42 graduates. Pictures of the event can be found on Broadview University-Boise’s Facebook page.

My words of advice to the future graduates of Broadview are to keep moving forward and don’t let anyone stop you; including yourself. Remember that the sky is the limit and there is nothing impossible unless we make it impossible.

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