‘I Got This!’ Confidence Grows with Education
Published on September 29, 2014 by Staff Writer
This past Friday marked the quarterly graduation service for the Broadview University, Orem campus!
Summer 2014 Graduates:
- Tiffany Hopkins, Bachelor of Science, Business Management
- Julie Steele, Associate in Applied Science, Accounting and Tax Specialist
- Ronnie Bishop, Associate in Applied Science, Accounting and Tax Specialist
- Kyle Fox, Associate in Applied Science, Criminal Justice
- Eric Blackburn, Associate in Applied Science, Information Technology
- Amanda Black, Associate in Applied Science, Veterinary Technology
- Lisa Brennan, Associate in Applied Science, Veterinary Technology
- Cassondra Cleek, Associate in Applied Science, Veterinary Technology
Honors and high honors students were also announced, along with Tiffany Hopkins, who was honored as a veteran with a red, white and blue cord.
Student of the Quarter: Amanda Black
Amanda has always wanted to be a vet tech. She earned with her certificate in veterinary technology at the same time she graduated from high school.
After moving to Kanab, Utah to work at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Amanda ended up working in the on-site veterinary clinic. Her supervisor told her about the vet tech program at Broadview University, and she eventually returned to the Utah County area and enrolled at the Orem campus.
While attending school, she worked first as night librarian and then as an administrative assistant. She has played an integral role in keeping the campus running smoothly.
Student Speaker: Cassondra Cleek
The highlight of any graduation service is hearing from the student speaker.
Cassondra Cleek, veterinary technology graduate, began her talk by asking all the graduates to stand up and turn around to face their friends and families, whose support was instrumental in getting them all to that point.
When faced with exams, presentations and competencies, Cassondra would take a deep breath and say, “I got this!” Those three words always gave her the confidence she needed to succeed.
Keynote Speaker: Ben King
The keynote address was given by Ben King, Director of Training and Development at Corporate Alliance.
Ben began his career as a stage performer but decided to pursue a career in the business world.
He outlined three keys to opportunity:
- Hard work
Every opportunity is rooted in a relationship. In order to really succeed, it isn’t how much you know, but who you know and how well you know them.
Other advice he gave the graduates was to always be kind and say “please” and “thank you.” We are all human beings with feelings and we each have value. Learn how you can serve others. When we provide service and help others find solutions, we build on those relationships.
It take courage to go to college, and although talent is needed, what is more important is the ability to work hard—a quality each of our graduates demonstrated by earning their degrees.
Congratulations to all our graduates!
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