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State Representative Urges Graduates to “Never Stop Learning”

May 25, 2015

The Honorable Martin Daniel, Tennessee State Representative for District 18, addressed the 34 graduates of the Knoxville Campus on Saturday, May 16 at Bearden High School. “Never stop learning, because learning keeps you from being bored and gives you a fuller, more interesting life,” said Mr. Daniel. “Learning will keep you motivated and happy. Continue learning because it is the ‘fast track’ for success.” 

Mr. Daniel added that anyone who does not continue to learn will “lose out to competitors who have a passion for learning,” and for people in business, “there is no end to education” because “the process of learning [occurs one’s] whole life!”

Mr. Daniel also encouraged the graduates to continue learning in their personal lives, such as on matters of raising their children, maintaining their home, and personal finances. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow,” said Mr. Daniel, quoting Ghandi. “Live as if you would live forever.”

At the commencement ceremony, Steven Miller received an associate’s degree in business administration-management as well as the Joseph E. Hurn Award for high academic achievement. Steven, a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, will soon transfer his associate’s degree credits to another university to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Steven enjoyed his time at National and in particular commented that he appreciated how the “institution works well with veterans.” 

Cherida Bolland and Uneek Turner both received pharmacy technician diplomas. “It was wonderful. Everyone was helpful,” Cherida said of her experience at National College. She is planning to gain some experience in the pharmacy field, then return to the campus next year to build on her medical training in another program, perhaps medical billing and coding. Uneek added that her educational experience was wonderful and spoke highly of her instructors, especially Sabrina Davis who received the Alumni Hall of Achievement Award. Uneek considered Sabrina a good mentor and especially appreciated how she was able to relate to students, having graduated from National herself. Uneek is already employed by Walmart as a pharmacy technician and is planning to attend pharmacy school to continue her education in the field. 

Other graduates who were presented with awards were:  Michael Gipson— Achievement Award; Tamika Gary—Leadership Award; Raquel Adams-Russell—E. M. Coulter Award; and Tameshia Williams—M. A. Smythe Award.

A- State Representative Martin Daniel provided the commencement address for the Knoxville Campus graduation, encouraging the graduates to make education a lifelong process.

B- Graduate Uneek Turner received her pharmacy technician diploma and is planning to attend pharmacy school to continue her education. 

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