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Jun 18 2014
Hip, Hip, Hurray, I Graduated!

The month of June.  It’s a popular month for all types of functions:  showers, weddings, and of course graduation.  As we approach commencement this Saturday, I’m drawn to reflect on my own Walsh ceremony – dare I say it… 10 years ago!  I still have my graduation brochure from 2004. 

The Past
Everyone’s had their share of challenges during the academic journey:  balancing work demands, single parent, and health issues.  The list could go on and on.  You’ve made sacrifices along the way.  Then there was that difficult class you struggled to pass for 11 weeks.  Now you see the light at the end of the tunnel.  Wasn’t it all worth the effort?!

The Present
Graduation is the culmination of hard work for two, three, four or more years.  It is an exciting day for everyone, including family and friends that supported you along the way.  Celebrate and know that they are very proud of you reaching your goal!

I’m now a professional working in the trenches of commencement related tasks.  So it has come full circle for me.  Each year I see hundreds of students fulfill their dreams… graduate and get the piece of paper they worked hard for. 

The Future
Even though you graduated doesn’t mean that the learning journey ends.  I encourage you to continue learning during your career.  Over the last several years I’ve learned so many things – both tangible and about myself.  Many times it’s something very small like replacing a jpeg file on a merged Word document.  Life is truly a journey.  Take advantage of every opportunity to learn and grow as a person, whether it’s networking events, speaking engagements, conferences, webinars, etc.

Most important, stay connected with us. 

  • “Like” us our social media pages.  Learn about what’s going on at the College.
  • Take advantage of the free career assistance from Career Services.  They can help you get the job you’ve always wanted. 
  • Network with classmates at various College events.  It’s a great way to stay connected, meet new friends, and potentially learn of new job opportunities.
  • Give back when you can.  You didn’t get where you are today without a little help along the way.  Pay it forward and help someone else who’s just starting out in their career.

Congratulations to the Class of 2014!  May your dreams continue to grow and blossom. 


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Mandeline F. Dreasky June 26, 2014 at 09:09 am

Thank you for your input and well wishes. I am 50 years old and have been pursuing my degree for a number of years now. "Life" happened more than once for me, but my persistence has finally paid off. I am so grateful and blessed. To begin "paying it forward" I signed up and hope to be honored with the opportunity to help a blind Walsh student for summer. Wish me luck!

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