Members of the Bryan University community congregated on campus and online to attend “Graduation 2013: Celebrate New Beginnings,” a virtual event that reached hundreds of graduates, their families and friends via a live stream from the school’s website, Friday, Aug. 23.
Patrick Hanson, Associate Director of Student & Alumni Outreach, opened the ceremony with a warm congratulatory note before turning the microphone over to Bryan University Chancellor, Don Gull.
“This is an important milestone in your professional career, and I applaud your efforts and accomplishments,” began Chancellor Gull. “I know that most of you graduates have achieved this honor under great pressure and challenges. Most of you have spouses and/or children who look to you for support. You have mortgages to pay, cars to maintain, bills to settle. And yet, here you are, having done all that plus the rigorous requirements of a full academic program. Good for you! It will serve you well all your lives.”
Gull advised graduates to continue on their pathway to success by transferring their academic work ethic to everything else they face. “Treat every job, every task, with the attitude that this is the most important job in the world,” he said. “Everything worth doing is worth doing well. A good day’s pay is worth a good day’s work. It is your surest pathway to success …”
Also in attendance and speaking at the ceremony were the university’s program directors, Donna Estabrook, Health Information Technology; Jonathon Young, Advanced Personal Training and Exercise Science; Jeré Thrasher, Court Reporting; and William Hamilton, E-Discovery Project Management.
Hamilton, who also serves as the university’s provost and vice chancellor, recognized students for their achievements, but counseled them to retain a sense of humility as they moved forward in their careers.
“Everything that is done expertly in life appears easy to those who don’t know,” said Hamilton. "Don’t expect others to understand the hard work … you put in to develop your skills. Just smile. Be modest. That’s the reward of being a true professional, of being really good at what you do.”
More than 200 students from 35 states across the country were acknowledged in the ceremony. (See below for a list of names and programs of study.) The Celebrate New Beginnings ceremony marked the first time Bryan University hosted a live-streamed presentation in honor of its graduates, who completed programs between Oct. 31, 2012, and Sept. 13, 2013.
“We are especially proud of our graduates and the degrees and certificates they have obtained through diligence and hard work with the generous support of their family, friends and employers,” said Hamilton. “The graduates leave Bryan University well skilled, ready to advance in their professional endeavors and to provide valuable services to our nation.”
Concluded Chancellor Gull, “My hope for you is that your graduation is a launch pad to the cosmos …. That you will take control of your destiny and fulfill all the rightful desires of your heart. I extend to you my best wishes for a happy future filled with success and enduring memories.”
Bryan University offers several accredited degree and certificate programs in personal training and exercise science, court reporting, e-Discovery, and health management and coding.
For more information about Bryan University’s offerings, visit www.bryanuniversity.edu or call 888.768.6861.
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