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Graduates Celebrate Journeys Through Education

Published on April 5, 2013 by Tiffany Coleman

(MERIDIAN) Broadview University has produced seven more graduates who are ready for the Treasure Valley workforce. On Friday, March 22, the group of students moved their tassels from right to left—becoming the second official graduating class at the Boise campus. The graduates represent the university’s massage therapy, veterinary technology, medical assistant, medical administrative assistant, and business programs.

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Broadview University-Boise Campus Winter Quarter 2013 graduates (from left to right) are Bree Florenzen, Jesse Barnes, Allison Jenkins, Jodi Perry, Allison Tremblay, Jessica Garza, and LeeAnna Bramblett.

More than 65 friends, family members, and staff members gathered in the school’s commons area to share the graduates’ special moment. Following opening remarks, graduates LeeAnna Bramblett and Bree Florenzen both spoke to crowd—telling stories of their journeys through education.

Bramblett, a business program graduate, said if it weren’t for her program chair, Debra Schmidt, there is no way she would have made it through school. Florenzen, a massage therapy program student, spoke of her amazing journey and thanked her family for support.

Following the applause and quite a few tears, awards were then given out for Faculty Member of the Quarter and Employee of the Quarter. Casey Blizzard, an instructor in the veterinary technology program, was awarded outstanding faculty member, and Samantha Adams was honored as Broadview University’s outstanding employee. Following the keynote address by Justin Kobbe, the campus’s massage therapy program chair, the graduates’ degrees were conferred.

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LeeAnna Bramblett (left) says if it weren’t for her business program chair, Debra Schmidt (right), she would have never made it through school.

Bramblett received an Associate of Applied Science in Business degree. Jesse Barnes received an Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology degree. Jessica Garza and Allison Tremblay received Associate of Applied Science in Massage Therapy degrees. Allison Jenkins received an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assistant degree. Jodi Perry received an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Administrative Assistant, and Florenzen received a Massage Therapy diploma.

“This past year has been an exciting time for our university,” Lisa Peterson, Broadview University’s director of career services, said. “This graduating class brings the school’s total number of graduates to 13—77% are currently working in their field.”

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Jesse Barnes (right) is the campus’s first veterinary technology program graduate. He was welcomed into the field as a colleague by Dr. Kara Owen, the campus’s resident veterinarian, Holly Morss, the program chair, and instructors Casey Blizzard and Heather Williams.

A video of the graduates was also shown during the commencement ceremony. Pictures of the event can be found on Broadview University-Boise’s Facebook page.

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