By Megan Hines
Marketing Staff, APUS
American Public University System held its Commencement 2017 Weekend May 12-13 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at National Harbor, Maryland.
Class of 2017 graduates traveled from all parts of the country – and the world – to celebrate their accomplishments with friends, family and fellow graduates. Throughout the two-day event, graduates participated in various activities and spent time networking with their peers, alumni and APUS faculty and staff members.
The Golden Key “Tokens of Wisdom” fill-in-the-blank cards was a popular activity with the graduates as they reflected on their time at APUS. The “Tokens of Wisdom” initiative by the world’s largest collegiate honor society coincides with the APU and AMU mentoring program and encouraged the Class of 2017 to share their “tokens of wisdom” for future students by completing one of three statements:
- My Token of Wisdom for future students…
- I’m proud to be an #APUSGrad because…
- My journey at APUS has been…
More than 70 graduates participated in the activity throughout the weekend, sharing powerful words of encouragement for future students, as well as reflections of their own journeys at APUS.
My Token of Wisdom for future students…
“Maintain your focus and never look back!” – Thomas P. Buck, Military History graduate
“Keep your course and keep moving forward. Understand and accept your path toward success; only you can conquer the classes and courses. At the end of every class is one step closer to the end of your journey. Never stop looking up – you’ve got this!” – Anonymous graduate
“Remember that learning and growing as a person is the ultimate goal. One class at a time, you will eventually see the light at the end of the tunnel – never give up & good luck!” – Linn Knight, Environmental Sciences graduate
“Don’t ever give up on your dreams. No matter the twists life may throw at you, you CAN achieve greatness.” – Amanda Dinterman, Psychology graduate
“If you do what is easy now, your life will be hard. If you do what is hard now, your life will be easy.” –Paolo Morales, Business Administration graduate
“Stick with it! Twenty years after my high school graduation I did it and you can, too.” – Anonymous graduate
“Be prepared to work hard to earn your degree!” – Anonymous graduate
I’m proud to be an #APUSGrad because…
“It allowed me to graduate with honors while moving seven times in eight years as a military spouse. I’m also a business owner now!” – Anonymous graduate
“They are 150% supportive of our military. Three back-to-back, nine-month deployments and they worked with me every step of the way while finishing my B.A. and M.A.” – Amy Tucker, Homeland Security graduate
“Of what my time at APUS taught me about myself!” – Cheryl Seminara, Criminal Justice graduate
“I can finally say I did it, this Masters is over and my journey past Uncle Sam has just begun. Here is to a future PhD!” – Franciana Lopez-Garcia
My journey at APUS has been…
“Both amazing and rewarding! Without APUS I would still be working on my degree.” – Timothy Ellison, General IT graduate
“Great and I would not change a thing! Remember to always keep going no matter how hard it may get.” – Courtney Shurgalla, Business Administration graduate
“Amazing! This has been one of the best choices that I have made thus far. Everyone has made me feel welcomed, and best of all, everyone is amazing. I only have great things to say about APUS.” – Anonymous graduate
“Exhausting, but worth all the hard work and sacrifices along the way. Don’t give up!” – Melissa Schrock, English graduate
“An amazing experience that I would not trade for the world.” – Kathryn Hill, Child Development graduate
Students and alumni: Now that you’ve read some “tokens of wisdom” from the Class of 2017, it’s your turn. Share your own tokens with future students in the comments below or on social media using the hashtag: #APUSGrad.