Stories of Strength, Tears and Technology Highlight Graduation
Published on June 19, 2014 by Tiffany Coleman
(MERIDIAN) Broadview University has produced seven more graduates who are ready for the Treasure Valley workforce. On Friday, June 13, a new group of students became the seventh official graduating class at the Boise campus. The graduates represent the university’s medical assistant, medical administrative assistant, paralegal, business and veterinary technology programs. Along with the traditional pomp and circumstance, the celebration highlighted a number of firsts for the campus; the first bachelor’s degree student was conferred and a graduate living in Massachusetts was able to participate in the ceremony thanks to technology.
Friends, family, faculty, staff members and the superintendent for Idaho’s largest school district, Dr. Linda Clark, gathered in the school’s commons area to share the graduates’ special moment. Following opening remarks and a keynote speech by Dr. Clark, graduates Jenay Leger, Heather Chaney and John Hartley spoke to the crowd. Leger, a business program graduate, did it from 2,662 miles away via a Skype-recorded speech.
“Moving across the country multiple times isn’t something most college students do,” Leger said, “but I did. College was something so important to me that I did everything within my power to accomplish my goal. The past three years at Broadview has expanded my views on everything. It has shown me that I can do anything I put my mind to.”
Leger’s experience with Broadview University started in July 2011—shortly after the campus opened. She started as a residential student, but moved back to her home in Massachusetts two different times over the past three years. Her only option to complete her education was to become an online student. With her family’s unwavering support, she finally achieved her goal. True to the technology that enabled her to complete her education, Leger participated in the graduation ceremony via Skype. iPad in hand, a fellow graduate “walked” her down the aisle with her classmates.
Chaney, a medical assistant program graduate, told the crowd about being a 40-year-old, first-time college student who was petrified the first time she walked through the school’s doors.
Hartley, a veterinary technology program graduate, invited four of his instructors on stage with him; presenting them with flowers and thanking them for petrifying him over the past few years.
Following their speeches, the graduates’ degrees were conferred.
Hartley and Nicole Nye received Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology degrees. Chaney received an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assistant degree. Leger received an Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration degree. Stephanie Birkinbine received an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Administrative Assistant degree. Tammi Burdin received an Associate in Applied Science in Paralegal degree. Since opening its doors in January of 2011, the campus has produced 48 graduates.