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Students Overcome Obstacles to Walk at Graduation

Published on October 2, 2013 by Staff Writer

(MERIDIAN) Broadview University has produced four more graduates who are ready for the Treasure Valley workforce. On Friday, Sept. 27, the group of students became the fourth official graduating class at the Boise campus. The graduates represent the university’s massage therapy and veterinary technology programs. An online student from the Minnesota School of Business, which is a sister school to Broadview University, drove more than 600 miles from central California just to participate in the graduation ceremony.

Broadview University, graduation

Summer Quarter 2013 graduates (from left): Robin Vanderhoeven, Stephanie Wheeling, Saedee Cowdrey, Evann Thomas and Heather Nehrig.

The graduates’ friends, family and staff members gathered in the school’s commons area to share their special moment. Following opening remarks, graduate Heather Nehrig spoke to the crowd—sharing a story about her experience at Broadview University. Nehrig, a massage therapy program graduate, said she faced many, many obstacles just so she could complete her studies.

Broadview University, graduation

Heather Nehrig said she faced many, many challenges to pursue her dream. In the end, she learned more about herself and that the experience helped her become who she is today.

“An adult choosing to go back to college or school can create absolute chaos and upheaval in their lives,” Nehrig said. “After spending the past two years here at Broadview University, I can certainly agree. I stepped down from a secure, topped-out position to pursue this dream, and ended up with no money, no job, no car and living in a motel. It sure helped me learn more about myself and helped me to become who I am today.”

Following her speech, and the keynote address by Broadview University’s Associate Director of Admissions Ann Wood, academic honors were awarded to Nehrig and fellow massage therapy program graduate Stephanie Wheeling. The graduates’ degrees were then conferred.

Nehrig, Wheeling and Saedee Cowdrey received Associate of Applied Science in Massage Therapy degrees. Evann Thoms received an Associate in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology degree, and MSB Online student Robin Vanderhoeven received an Associate in Applied Science in Accounting & Tax Specialist degree. In the past year, Broadview University-Boise has produced 26 graduates.

Broadview University, graduation

Evann Thoms (center) was welcomed into the veterinary technology field as a colleague by Dr. Kara Owen (left), the campus’s resident veterinarian, Holly Morss, the program chair, and instructor Casey Blizzard (right).

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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