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Campuses Come Together To Celebrate Educational Achievements



Jun 08, 2016

On Saturday, June 4, graduates from the National College Nashville and Madison Campuses came together to accept their diplomas at Madison Church of Christ as a full house of family and friends cheered them on.

Dr. Rubin Cockrell, international speaker, author, and CEO of Positive Images and Associates, delivered the commencement address. “I’m a firm believer that vision without action if just a dream,” he stated. “Action without vision is just passing time away.  Vision and action together make the world go round.”

Dr. Cockrell used the letters of the word "success" to offer the graduates some keys to moving forward in their careers: S-self-discipline; U-understand obstacles are a part of life; C-create opportunities to shine; C-commit to not making excuses; S-stay focused; S-show yourself that you can do it.

“I'm excited for the opportunities that lie ahead with my National College education, and I just give God all the glory.”

“Repeat after me: I am a business. No one can market me like I market myself,” he said. “You are a walking billboard for you.”

Following Dr. Cockrell’s address, outstanding graduates were presented with awards.

Following Dr. Cockrell’s address, outstanding graduates were presented with awards. Recipients from the Madison Campus included: Maurice L. Franklin, Achievement Award; Andrew Christopher Osburn-Davis, Leadership Award; Benitha Bracey, E. M. Coulter Award; Marilia Rivera,  Joseph E. Hurn Award; Patrick R. Chaney, Dorothy Coulter Hancock Award ; and Orfa Recinos, Alumni Hall of Achievement Award. 

Award recipients from the Nashville Campus included: Martha E. Coleman, Achievement Award; Shakirra R. Brown, Leadership Award; Elizabeth M. McWherter, E. M. Coulter Award; Wanda Graham, Joseph E. Hurn Award; Alan McCannon, M.A. Smythe Award; and Jasmine N. Smith, Alumni Hall of Achievement Award.

Shakirra Brown, the recipient of the Nashville Campus Leadership Award, shared that she will be entering Chili’s Bar & Grill Restaurants’ management training program after graduating, an opportunity that she feels she’s achieved thanks to hard work and her degree. 

“I’m excited for the opportunities that lie ahead with my National College education, and I just give God all the glory,” she said.

You can read more about her educational journey here:  https://www.national-college.edu/news/-Opportunities-Abound-for-Business-Administration-Management-Student-20150310-1909

Photo A-Commencement speaker Dr. Rubin Cockrell is pictured offering his keys to success to the Class of 2016.

Photo B-Nashville Campus graduate Shakirra Brown is shown accepting the Leadership Award during the commencement ceremony.

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