Approximately 100 graduate degrees were awarded during the college's Winter Commencement celebration Sunday, December 15, in the George and Sally Haddix Recreation & Athletic Center on Doane’s Crete campus. The ceremony honored students in the Masters of Arts in Counseling, Master of Arts in Management and the Master of Education programs.
Jessie Tucker Carlson, an alumna who holds her undergraduate and two master’s degrees from Doane, was the keynote speaker. Carlson is the principal of Lefler Middle School in Lincoln, and was honored with Doane’s Alumni Educator-of-the-Year-Award last October.
Carlson’s poignant address focused on not being afraid of change, and how it can provide opportunities, whether you choose change or it happens to you. She chronicled personal and professional stories about change, including a severe car accident her brother suffered, and how these changes made an impact on her future. She encouraged graduates to not let difficulties be an obstacle, and to instead be inspired by Zig Ziglar’s quote: “When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal; you do not change your decision to get there.”
“Let yourself be uncomfortable, it means you’re growing and changing. Start rewriting the stories you tell yourself, and who you are and who you can become,” said Carlson during the conclusion of her speech.
View the video of the Winter Commencement ceremony here.
Read the list of graduates from the selection below. Graduates are listed in alphabetical order.