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Class of 2014 Opens the Door to New Opportunities

May 27, 2014

On Wednesday, May 14th the Indianapolis Campus Class of 2014 gathered in the stately auditorium of the Indiana War Memorial for their commencement ceremony.  Indianapolis Mayor Gregory Ballard joined the graduates in celebrating their educational accomplishments as he delivered the commencement address. 

Mayor Ballard advised the graduates to surround themselves with people who support them in order to maximize their success.  “You are in a special place now and you can go in many, many different directions,” he said.

He also shared that his love of reading and his travels while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps opened his eyes to new opportunities.  “Be open to the possibilities, whatever they may be. Too many times, I see people restrict their thinking and say ‘I can’t do that,’ ‘I’m not comfortable doing that.’  I’m telling you, if I can do it…you can do it,” he advised.

Following Mayor Ballard’s inspiring message, graduates with outstanding academic achievement were presented with awards.  The Alumni Hall of Achievement Award was also presented to Tina Bryant, a 2009 graduate of the surgical technology program, for her work at AmeriPath, a national provider of pathology services.

While each graduate was honored to take the stage and be recognized, perhaps none were more proud than business administration-management graduate Gerald Whitaker, a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Army, who received the Leadership Award.

Before he came to American National University, a counselor at another local university dissuaded Gerald from attending college.  “She told me that I wasn’t college material,” he explained following the ceremony.  “When she told me that, I said ‘I’m going to prove her wrong.’  Now here I am.”

Gerald has served as a peer tutor while at National, and he tells his classmates that they will get as much out of their education as they put into it.  “I tell them…take ownership of this school. This is MY American National University,” he stated emphatically.

A- Adenike Adesuyan, a graduate of the Indianapolis Campus phlebotomy program, is shown receiving her diploma from Indianapolis Mayor Gregory Ballard and campus director James Abraham.

B-Gerald Whitaker, the recipient of the Indianapolis Campus Leadership Award, advises his classmates to take ownership of their education at American National University.

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