Fort Wayne Campus Awards First Associate’s Degrees at Graduation Ceremony
Jun 04, 2013
The Fort Wayne Campus awarded its first associate’s degrees at its second commencement ceremony, held on Thursday, May 23 at the Allen County Public Library auditorium, in downtown Fort Wayne.
Elizabeth Nulf MacDonald, president of the Verbal Edge and a communication skills consultant, instructor, and presenter, spoke to the assembled graduates, family, and friends. With a background in teaching, marketing and communications, and all facets of news production and reporting, Ms. MacDonald stressed to the graduates the importance of professional communications skills in complementing their professional educational accomplishments. Her shared experiences and words of wisdom reinforced concepts all American National University graduates learn in their educational coursework and co-curricular career center activities.
Among those receiving their degrees and diplomas were award recipients Mayo Tablas, who received the Leadership Award; Holly Sides, recipient of the E. M. Coulter Award for high academic achievement in a medical program; Kevin Grant, presented the Mary P. McGurn Award for high academic achievement in an administrative technology program; and Heather Korporal, who received the Joseph E. Hurn Award for high academic achievement in a business curriculum. (For more about Heather, see the November 5, 2012 issue of the National News.) Also receiving his associate’s degree in medical assisting was New Tun, a Burmese immigrant who was one of the campus’s first students. (Read about New’s experience in the September 16, 2011 issue of the National News.)
The Fort Wayne Campus Class of 2013 is pictured as they listen attentively to speaker Elizabeth Nulf MacDonald.