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Latest CVTC graduating class is diverse, helpful

The voice was small but clear as it came across the River Falls High School auditorium during the Chippewa Valley Technical College commencement ceremony May 12:

"I'm so proud."

It was quickly followed by more cheering and shouting as Theresa Everson crossed the stage to receive her associate degree in nursing.

Everson's face lit up later when she learned that the small voice speaking of pride had been her daughter's.

The stories are so diverse, but the proud faces of graduates told their stories.

They know they've accomplished something great in their lives, and they are excited to see what their next steps will be.

Much of what graduates were thinking was summed up in what CVTC student speaker Brad Jorgenson mentioned in his speech: "Today, we stand here together, all here for different reasons, but accomplishing one amazing goal."

Jorgenson started off his evening sitting on stage, trying to look calm as he thought about his upcoming speech.

"I wanted the chance to reflect and to write out what I was feeling," he said. "It was even better to share it with all the people I've gotten to know over the years."

Jorgenson, a Spring Valley native, graduated with a business administration associate degree. He said he wanted to attend CVTC because he knew he would get more out of his education during the first two years.

"It's more of a proactive education and it's hands-on," he said.

Jorgenson will continue his education at UW-Stout where he'll get his bachelor's in business administration with a minor in business education and marketing.

"I want to be an educator," he said. "It would be ideal to come back and teach at CVTC."

For more please read the May 25 print version of the Herald.