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Metropolitan State University celebrates 102nd commencement

A classmate’s enthusiastic appeal to Metropolitan State University students to seize upon their success and to “make the best out of your struggles” brought the audience of 2,000 to its feet as student Kossi Ayigah addressed the graduating class.

“Many of you sitting here have a story to tell. Throughout our educational journey, we have all overcome many obstacles and life challenges, but we made it,” Ayigah said.

Approximately 1,058 students received their bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees this semester, with 785 students participating in Metropolitan State’s 102nd commencement exercises Saturday, April 28, 2018, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. To accommodate Metropolitan State’s growing student body, the spring commencement ceremony took place as two programs. The ceremony was livestreamed and is archived for viewing at https://youtu.be/j6PAjtFOslE.

From French-speaking Togo, Ayigah came to the United States in 2013. As a non-native English speaker, he struggled through his classes at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Speaking up in class was impossible, raising his hand was a “no-no.” He had to  search the dictionary for words to understand the context of his reading assignments; it took him nearly three hours to get through five pages. He had yet to learn that growth requires patience. Ayigah’s scholarly pursuits demanded even more from him when he transferred to Metropolitan State in December 2016.

“Along my educational road,life got harder. But regardless of my struggles and what was happening around me, I refused to be discouraged. I woke up every day with my head up, my chest out, a smile on my face, and I made sure that I took advantage of every opportunity,” Ayigah told the graduates from the College of Liberal Arts, College of Management, College of Sciences, and the School of Urban Education. He speech can be viewed at this URL: https://youtu.be/Oc3ZP5u0i8o

Ayigah graduates with his bachelor’s degree in accounting, having won a scholarship from the American Institute of Certified Professional Accountants along the way. He is a recipient of the President’s Outstanding Student award, representing the College of Management.

As the ceremonies opened, President Virginia Arthur addressed the graduates with the promise that their preparation at Metropolitan State has equipped them to become leaders, both in their careers and in their communities. She reminded them that, under Metropolitan State’s unofficial credo as the “University without barriers,” learning and pursuing a degree is possible in spite of obstacles, and education extends beyond a student’s life spent in the classroom.

“As one alumnus recently put it,” Arthur said, “We allow students to find their own passion and purpose and help them become lifelong learners, taking responsibility for the direction of their programs of study, and encouraging their active engagement in their community.”

Metropolitan State first admitted students in 1972. To date, 46,115 students have graduated over its 47 years as a higher education institution. At its founding, there were few options for students who did not fit the traditional mold: recent high school graduates seeking a residential experience. The founders were determined that Metropolitan State should be a “college for those who have no college,” and that it would honor the knowledge that learners brought with them to the university.  Metropolitan State now enrolls approximately 11,500 students and has a national reputation for innovative programs that empower students.

“Presidents often wish they had a crystal ball to see into the future. But as I stand before you today, and look into your faces, I can see the future—and I see that it is a bright and promising one,” President Arthur said.

Aaryka Pederson, President’s Outstanding Student award finalist, delivered the afternoon address to the graduates from the College of Community Studies and Public Affairs, the College of Individualized Studies, and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Her speech can be viewed at this URL: https://youtu.be/1OQLFtHs0M0

“When you meet a challenge in life, think back to how you persevered while earning your degree and you pulled yourself through. Be proud of yourself and of what you have accomplished,” Pederson said. She graduates with summa cum laude honors, with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

“You have already shown how strong you can be by making it here today, and I know that that strength will flow into the rest of your lives, to help empower you to do great things,” Student Senate President Heather Moenck said, addressing the graduating classes. “Whether you are going into a new career, graduate school, or just opening up a new chapter of your life, you are influential and powerful. Going forward, do phenomenal things, challenge opinions and create a positive change in the world.” Her speech can be viewed at this URL: https://youtu.be/cOkZMSYhOJo

Outstanding Student honorees recognized at commencement are: Kossi Ayigah, College of Management; Stacy Buschmann-Ford, College of Nursing and Health Sciences; Christopher Sugden, College of Liberal Arts; Cynthia Yoder, College of Sciences; Genevieve Calvillo, College of Individualized Studies; Jennifer Cannon, College of Liberal Arts; Raelene Caswell, College of Community Studies and Public Affairs; Rodrigo J. Sanchez, School of Urban Education; Tess Spence-Sing, College of Community Studies and Public Affairs; Jessica Stewart, College of Nursing and Health Sciences; and Taskin Hague, College of Management.

Other commencement participants included:

  • Amy Gort, provost and executive vice president for Academic and Student Affairs
  • Cheryl Tefer, trustee, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees
  • Michael O’Connor, president of the Metropolitan State University Alumni Board
  • August Hoffman, president of the Inter-Faculty Organization
  • Kristine Hansen, director of Alumni Relations

April 28: Metropolitan State’s 102nd commencement

Metropolitan State University celebrates its 102nd commencement.

Approximately 1,072 students are receiving bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees this semester with 785 students expected to participate in Metropolitan State University’s 102nd commencement exercise.

To accommodate Metropolitan State’s growing student body, the spring commencement ceremony will take place as two programs Saturday, April 28, 2018, at the Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave. S. The morning program will begin at 9:45 a.m., and the afternoon program will begin at 1:45 p.m. All guests must have a ticket. The ceremony will be livestreamed (http://bit.ly/2r7Njqr).

The morning program’s student address will be delivered by graduating student, Kossi Ayigah, who is recipient of the President’s Outstanding Student from the College of Management. The program recognizes graduates from the College of Liberal Arts, College of Management, College of Sciences, and the Urban Education Department.

Doors open at 9 a.m. and the procession starts at 9:45 a.m.

The student address for the afternoon program will be delivered by Aaryka Pederson, President’s Outstanding Student award finalist and College of Nursing and Health Sciences graduating student. The program recognizes graduates from the College of Community Studies and Public Affairs, College of Individualized Studies, and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Doors open at 1:15 p.m. and the procession starts at 1:45 p.m.

Other commencement participants include:

  • Virginia “Ginny” Arthur, J.D., Metropolitan State University president
  • Amy Gort, provost and executive vice president for Academic and Student Affairs
  • Cheryl Tefer, trustee, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees
  • Michael O’Conner, president of the Metropolitan State University Alumni Board
  • August Hoffman, president of the Inter-faculty Organization
  • Kristine Hansen, director of Alumni Relations
  • Heather Moenck, Student Senate president.

Congratulations to the graduating class of spring 2018.

Do something awesome on Give to the Max Day, Nov. 17

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To draw attention to Give to the Max Day, the Metropolitan State University Alumni Association is going to highlight what the university does best – teach!

Volunteer and sign up to participate in LECTUREPALOOZA! Make a 15-, 30-, 45-or 60-minute commitment to lecture on any topic. The event will be Nov. 17 in the Student Center, room 101, Saint Paul Campus.  Metropolitan State’s Twin Cities alumni are invited, as are members of the community and students, and faculty and staff, as well.

Sign up to be a part of this event HERE. You pick the topic and title of the lecture. Signing up early will ensure promotion of your lecture via social media.

The Alumni Association hopes to make this a daylong event, for attendees to come and go as they like.

Last year, Give to the Max Day raised more than $11,000 to benefit students and program at the university.  This year’s goal is to raise $12,000.

If you have questions contact Kristine Hansen, Alumni Relations and Annual Fund Director, 651-793-1810.

Annual fund drive benefits Metropolitan students

Faculty and staff at Metropolitan State have an opportunity to make an impact and transform the lives of our students. In addition to sharing time and talent, we can support our students through a gift to the Annual Fund. This year, there is an even greater incentive to give to Metropolitan State. The President’s Cabinet has pledged to donate $50 for the first 50 new donors to the Annual Fund Drive who comes on board in the month of April.

During the month of April, the Annual Fund Drive is a reminder to faculty and staff about the opportunity to make a financial gift in support of our students. You can support the university and our students in several ways:

  • Improve access: A student’s savings can be matched 3:1 through the TuitionMatch-MN
  • Support student success: With more than 100 funds to choose from, you can designate your gift to suit your passion.
  • Provide financial scholarships: 66 percent of our students are eligible for financial aid; in the 2014-2015 school year, we were pleased to provide 123 students with more than $157,000 in privately raised scholarship funds.
  • Embrace new opportunities: The General Fund supplies the university with private funding to take advantage of opportunities not allocated in the State budget.

“As you consider your philanthropic priorities, I respectfully ask that you make Metropolitan State one of the top three organizations that receives your financial support,” says Kristine Hansen, Annual Fund and Alumni Relations director. “The support of the President’s Cabinet for this year’s Annual Fund Drive is huge. It sends a real message to our community, and or partners internally and externally, that we believe the philanthropy can make a difference at our university.”

During the April Faculty and Staff Annual Fund Drive, our goal is to achieve 150 total donors in FY 2016 by retaining existing donors and acquiring additional donors.

You can make a gift in a variety of ways. You can make a pledge and give through ongoing payroll deduction on a bi-weekly basis. You can make a one-time gift by check. You can make a donation via credit card using the online form. The Annual Fund Drive pledge form is available online or from the Foundation Office at 651-793-1830 or foundation@metrostate.edu. You can return your pledge forms to the Foundation Office.

 

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