Spring is an exciting time for MSCSA student leaders because many of them are graduating and moving on to the exciting next phases of their lives. To celebrate some of their achievements, we have collected some of their stories and graduation photos. Share your graduation story or photo on the MSCSA Facebook page.
Both Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) student senate president Brad Conley and MSCSA President Geoff Dittberner were recognized at their graduation ceremony for receiving the Minnesota New Century Scholar and placement on the All-USA Academic Team.
"It was great being recognized for the scholarships, to which I owe everything to my service in MSCSA. However, the most amazing experience was congratulating all of the 700 plus MCTC graduates who walked that evening," said MSCSA President Geoff Dittberner.
Pascale Darbonne, student senate president from Hennepin Technical College, shared this story about her graduation speech: "While giving a speech to about 50 students and their family members at our multicultural graduation ceremony the night before commencement, I got extremely emotional talking about the road that lead me to leadership and graduation. After I spoke the vice president of my college came up to me and told me that my speech truly moved her. After our talk she hugged me and told me how proud she was that she was able to get to know me over the last two years and how proud she is going to be watching me walk across the stage to graduate. I am the first in my family to graduate college and it felt awesome."
Brian Sanner, student senate president from Lake Superior College (LSC), shared this story about his graduation speech: "In 2005 I stood up to make a toast as the best man at my brothers wedding. My voice literally seized. I wasn't able to utter a sound. I choked in front of around 150 people. At graduation I spoke for ten minutes in front of a crowd of over 1000." Click here to watch a video of Brian's speech.
Ashley Winkler from LSC shared this story about her graduation: “I never got to graduate before. I walked into LSC feeling like a fake, like I didn't belong and between Senate and MSCSA I now feel like I'm leaving a family. I've had the opportunity to meet and work with so many amazing students and faculty. It’s a time of my life I will never forget.”