Graduates of Minot State University on Friday were urged to seize the opportunities post-graduate life will offer them.
"Work hard, try hard, and you will succeed," said state senator and keynote speaker Karen Krebsbach, who said she was quoting British leader Winston Churchill. Krebsbach encouraged the new graduates to seek their dreams in North Dakota.
Anthony Anderson, one of the graduates, advised his fellow graduates to adopt his list of life goals for their own.
Graduates file into the Minot State University Dome prior to Friday’s graduation ceremony.
Anderson said he has resolved to never stop searching until he finds a career that makes him happy and to take what steps are necessary to realize that goal, whether it be returning to school for further education or looking elsewhere for employment.
Anderson said he will make a commitment to lifelong learning.
He resolved not to ignore comments, criticism and observation from others. He advised his classmates to never be afraid to acknowledge what they don't know, but also to be willing to do what it takes to find an answer.
Anderson said he will not be afraid to take risks and will willingly embrace change. It should not be acceptable to settle for being merely good enough, he said. Instead, people should strive for excellence. He also urged his classmates to be grateful for those who helped them along the way.
Anderson said he "wants to make the world a better place, or at least not a worse one."
Anderson is a third-generation graduate of Minot State, with both his mother and grandmother graduating from the university before him.
Anderson graduated with a bachelor of science with a major in finance. He was in the first group of Great Plains Exceptional Scholars at the college and served as editor of the student newspaper, The Red & Green, during his time at the university.
Minot State University President David Fuller said Anderson is bound to find success post-university since he accomplished so much during his time at MSU.
It was also a special day for families.
Travis Gregurek of Minot received his master's degree in information systems management, while his son Cole Gregurek received a bachelor's degree in management information systems.
"It's something that we'll always remember," said Travis Gregurek, who said his son was the one who inspired him to continue his education. The two Gregurek men motivated each other to continue their studies. It was important for them to be able to share the graduation ceremony together.
Travis Gregurek works in the IT department at the Heart of America Medical Center in Rugby and his son plans to pursue job opportunities in Fargo.
There were about 760 graduates of the university this spring. The university also honored three special guests during the ceremony. They included Helen Kjellstad, who will turn 100 in June and is a Minot Normal School graduate and former teacher; Arlene Saugstad, who turns 101 this month and is an honored, active community member, particularly in the arts community; and Carley Olson, widow of former MSU president, the late Gordon Olson, during the ceremony.