Globe University graduation ceremony celebrates outstanding students; Keynote shares formula for life success with graduates

Criminal Justice Program Chair Colleen Handrick and Pat Puyleart, graduation Keynote Speaker, Charter member and Treasurer of Never Forgotten Honor FlightSeptember 27, 2011—Rothschild, Wis. — Globe University graduates’ excitement was palpable at last Thursday’s graduation ceremony. Sixteen graduates crossed the stage and received degrees in a variety of career fields, including medical assisting, information technology, massage therapy and more.

For this group of Globe students, perseverance is second nature as they balance parenthood and family demands, jobs and externships with their education. For example, Billie Jo Graap, mother of two young children, received perfect attendance and highest academic honors, achieving a 4.0 GPA while taking 16 credits each quarter. She earned her AAS degree in Medical Assisting.

Student speakers Jessica Townsend, Richard Armes, and Karla Spoehr thanked their instructors, family and friends, shared their excitement about opening the next door of opportunity, and reflected on what their education has meant to them.

Keynote speaker Pat Puyleart, chartering member of Never Forgotten Honor Flight, shared advice to aid students in the transition from graduation to the work force.  More than 160 people listened while Puyleart reflected on his own experience as Navy Corpsman, college student, father, and retired businessman.  Puyleart’s words of wisdom included: Build a career with a strong work ethic and value colleagues; make a living in a place you enjoy; and balance life and work. Puyleart’s resume speaks volumes on finding a passion and contributing in the community. He serves as Girls Scouts of America Board member, active Rotarian, and Never Forgotten Honor Flight charter member.  Lastly, Puyleart suggested   following a passion, working hard, and being tolerant to find success.  Graduates and attendees left inspired and instilled with a sense of promise for a solid future.

“Knowing who our graduates are, and what they have accomplished during their work at Globe, we are confident that each of them has something powerful to contribute to the social and economic development of the greater Wausau community during a time when dynamic, knowledgeable, and thoughtful people are needed in the work force,” said Christine Ellis, Globe University Communications/Community Relations Specialist.

Degrees granted at Early Fall Commencement include: Associates Degree:   Medical Assisting, Information Technology, Legal Administrative Assistant, Business Administration, Massage Therapy, Sales and Marketing Management; Master’s Degree:  Business Management.

“These graduates have contributed in major ways to this learning community,” said Campus Director Adam Smrcka.  “We are looking forward to continuing to provide an optimal learning environment as a new cohort of students begins their journey as students on October 3.”