9 Degrees in the Middle of June

Published on June 25, 2013 by arothstein

(MERIDIAN) Broadview University has produced nine more graduates who are ready for the Treasure Valley workforce. On Friday, June 14, the group of students became the third official graduating class at the Boise campus. The graduates represent the university’s massage therapy, veterinary technology, medical assistant, medical administrative assistant, paralegal, and business programs.

Broadview University, graduation

Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd (left) and Samantha Jolley (right), a massage therapy program graduate. The mayor graciously accepted the invitation to be the keynote speaker for Broadview University-Boise’s third official commencement ceremony.

Friends, family, staff members, and Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd, the event’s keynote speaker, gathered in the school’s commons area to share the graduates’ special moment. Following opening remarks, graduates Deserae Wilcox, Paige Hill and Tiffany Coleman spoke to the crowd—sharing stories about their experiences at Broadview University. Wilcox, a massage therapy program graduate, said she risked nearly everything two years ago so that she could provide more for her family.

“I wanted to be someone they would be proud of and look up to,” Wilcox said.

Hill, a veterinary technology program student, compared her journey through education to that of preparing for a trip—and paid extra attention to the steps needed to get through airport security.

“Bittersweet as it may seem, getting through the airport security is only the beginning,” Hill said. “Our landing point, our pathway in life, is the real journey.”

Coleman, the school’s first master’s degree recipient, said, I stand before you today with the hopes of passing on just one piece of advice: Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

Following the graduate speakers, awards were then given out for Faculty Member of the Quarter and Employee of the Quarter. Tim Davis, an adjunct instructor who teaches writing, was awarded outstanding faculty member and Massage Therapy Program Chair Justin Kobbe was honored as Broadview University’s outstanding employee. Following the keynote address by Mayor de Weerd, the graduates’ degrees were conferred.

Broadview University, graduation

Wilcox, Alisha Balls, and Samantha Jolley received Associate of Applied Science in Massage Therapy degrees. Nanci Hardy received an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assistant degree. Vanessa Ochoa received an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Administrative Assistant degree. Darcy Bailey received an Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal degree. Hill received an Associate in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology degree. Kalee Allsworth received a Massage Therapy diploma, and Coleman received a Master of Science in Management degree.

“This graduating class brings the school’s total number of graduates to 22,” Lisa Peterson, Broadview University’s Director of Career Services, said. “Our main goal is to produce the career-ready graduates the workforce needs, and we are doing exactly that.”

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