MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- Kansas State University graduates proudly accepted their diplomas at Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday, May 12, closing out one chapter of their lives and opening another as they prepare to enter the professional arena.
At the graduation for the College of Education, the university's president, Kirk Schulz, served as the commencement speaker and told the grads their choice of major is a calling. He challenged them to instill a love of learning in their students.
"Maybe the pay and benefits aren’t the same as in other professions but I think the rewards that come with molding young people, in particular, carry the kind of rewards that very few other jobs out there have," he told the crowd.
Carmen Wilson, a mother of five and Spanish Education major in secondary education, was selected to be the student speaker during the ceremony.
"It is our turn to challenge our students, spark their creativity and believe in them," she said.
"The message in my speech is about reflections- how our teachers, our parents, friends and spouses challenge us to become effective teachers and now it’s our turn to do that with our future students and to let them know that they can do it. It’s time for us to make a difference in this world. I just want to look at them and tell them that they can succeed and achieve great things. I just want to believe in them and make a difference in their lives," Wilson told WIBW.
Other graduates shared her optimism and enthusiasm for establishing themselves in the classroom.
"The job hunt is kind of aggressive especially in education with all of the cuts. But I have some prior experience, especially since I was in the military, so I’m confident that I’ll land a job very soon," said Peter Kain, a Social Studies and Secondary Education major.
"I have a fourth grade teaching job so I’m really excited to do that and to be done with school. I'll be teaching in Hutchinson, Kansas. I’m looking forward to impacting the lives of the future generations and just teaching. I’m ready to teach, added Ashley Regier, an Elementary Education major..
The class of 2012 is the 145th to graduate from K-State since the first class in 1867.
Commencement ceremonies were held Saturday, May 5, at K-State Salina, and Friday, May 11, and Saturday, May 12, on the K-State campus in Manhattan.
K-State awarded more than 2,450 bachelor's degrees; more than 750 master's; more than 80 doctorates; more than 100 doctor of veterinary medicine degrees; and more than 20 associate degrees. Nearly 150 students are earning their degree through K-State distance education.