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Students walk into the 2019 Graduate Commencement Ceremony in O’Shaughnessy Stadium on May 25, 2019 in St. Paul

Reflections from the Class of 2019

The annual graduate commencement ceremony brings the St. Thomas community together to recognize the accomplishments of the Class of 2019. MBA graduates reflect on their accomplishments and future plans, including how they balanced work, school and family. Congratulations graduates!

“I had a really good study abroad program. I went to Copenhagen, Sweden and Norway. The MBA will help me progress further along in my career in management roles and potentially lead engineers to create great innovative products.” – Sean Ali ’19 MBA and Mechanical Engineer

“I really enjoyed being in a cohort model with my peers who were at the same place professionally and educationally. With the cohort model, we grew close with each other’s families, spouses and children.” – Anthony Untiedt ’19 MBA and Sr. Human Resource Business Partner at Hennepin Healthcare

“The Part-time Flex MBA made it doable to work and then go to school in the evening. I can already tell that my degree is going to have a positive impact.” – Laura Hennen ’19 MBA, and Public Relations Principal at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota

"I had a wonderful experience choosing Opus College of Business to earn my MBA. I could not have done this without the support of ProActive Solutions USA, LLC and my respective team. They supported and stepped up when I couldn't. Senior advisors helped me on projects for class to develop my understanding on different leadership styles.

"Being in business development/account management, I decided to emphasize my MBA in strategic growth and become certified in that program. Thanks again to all of those who helped and supported me through this journey. I am truly privileged to work with such a great team and company. – Mohamed Elabbady, ’19 MBA, and Western U.S. Area Sales Manager at ProActive Solutions USA, LLC

"Thank you Opus College of Business! The love and support I've received from this institution has been pivotal to my personal and professional growth. – Nouchie Xiong, ’19 MBA, and Certified ScrumMaster Professional

"Words can’t express my gratitude towards all of the staff and faculty of Opus College of Business. The program has given me an incredible opportunity to grow professionally and personally, surrounded by an enormously talented group of professionals led by top-tier professors. Though this step in my journey is near an end, the lessons learned and friends gained will stick with me for life! – Nathaniel Guralski ’19 MBA, and Marketing Manager

"Thanks to my family for the support and to St. Thomas for the incredible experience to learn, as well as broaden my network, knowledge, perspective and skills. – Matty O’Reilly, ’19 MBA, and Twin Cities Business Magazine 100 People to Know in 2019