Radio Host Addresses Northern California Commencement Ceremony
The National University commencement ceremony for northern California graduates was held at the Sacramento Convention Center on Sunday, April 22.
The Class of 2012 marks the 30th Anniversary of a National University campus in Sacramento campus, and the completion of their degree and credential programs also coincided with the move to a new, almost 21,000-square-foot cutting edge campus in Rancho Cordova (see accompanying article).
A gathering of 273 students, along with friends and family, from communities such as Fresno, Stockton, San Jose and Redding, filled the voluminous convention hall to celebrate their academic achievement and mark a major milestone in their lives.
"These last few years haven't been the easiest of times in which to pursue a degree and a career," said interim National University President Patricia Potter. "But your National University degree gives you an advantage – in the marketplace, in the workplace, and in your personal life that no one can take away."
President Potter reminded graduates and credential completers that California will need one million additional workers by 2025. "With the degrees you have earned here at National University, you are well positioned to fill the most-needed jobs in California and throughout the world," she added.
The keynote speaker at National University's Sacramento commencement ceremony was Author and Radio Personality Martha Barnette, who co-hosts the public-radio show A Way with Words, heard each week by listeners in more than 230 cities across North America and around the world by podcast. Following her address, President Potter presented her with the National University Award of Distinguished Leadership.
President Potter concluded the ceremony by saying "On behalf of my academic colleagues, I welcome you to the company of educated men and women. Congratulations."