Graduation day is our favorite day of the year!
We celebrated the Class of 2023 with a commencement ceremony on May 8, held at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in Saint Paul. Over 300 students received awards across various disciplines – including associates of arts, associates of science, applied associate of science degrees, certificates, and diplomas.
Marisa Gomez spoke on behalf of the class. In her address, she spoke about her journey at Saint Paul College and the challenges she had overcome to reach this milestone. She encouraged her classmates: "I believe Saint Paul College does its best at supporting students throughout our own individual challenges," said Gomez. "And I encourage us to share our struggles or obstacles to empower others while cultivating a meaningful relationship. I’d like to challenge the incredible class of 2023 to continue believing in yourself, always look back to support and uplift your community, and relentlessly pursue your dreams."
Kim Turner Rush, a faculty member who teaches in the Business department at the college, delivered an inspiring speech to the graduates. Rush emphasized the importance of persistence, hard work, and community in achieving success. She urged the graduates to pursue their passions and make a positive impact in the world.
The ceremony was attended by several dignitaries, including Minnesota State Board of Trustee Jay Cowles. Cowles congratulated the graduates and commended them for their hard work and dedication. He highlighted the role of community colleges in providing access to higher education and creating pathways to success for all students.
The graduation ceremony was a celebration of the hard work and dedication of Saint Paul College's graduating class and a testament to the transformative power of education.
Thousands of friends and family were on hand to celebrate with us. President Peaslee shared a special message with the children of our graduates:
"As you continue to learn, remember how you watched your parent through this journey and remember how important education is to them."
If you were unable to attend or want to relive the night, the entire ceremony was captured on video: