Kaplan University holds spring commencement

March 17, 2013|By JULIE E. GREENE |
  • Brittany Barber speaks during Kaplan University commencement services Sunday afternoon at North Hagerstown High School.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

Maintaining one’s skills was a common theme Sunday during the spring commencement ceremony for students graduating from Kaplan University’s Maryland campuses.

“In order to truly succeed in our personal lives and careers, we need to have a passion that fuels our purpose, drive and ambition. However this will only take us part of the way. We need to obtain and maintain the proper tools and equipment in order to succeed, or otherwise we get left behind,” graduate Sharon Sheffield told the audience.

After deciding that a job at a sewing factory after high school wasn’t for her, Sheffield said she took some in-house courses provided by a company for which she worked and took an accounting class at a local community college.

“However, the Word Perfect and Lotus skills I learned back then are obsolete today,” said Sheffield, who is an associate financial analyst for The Herald-Mail.

Sheffield, representing the Hagerstown campus, was one of two students chosen to speak at Sunday’s commencement in North Hagerstown High School’s auditorium.

The other student speaker was Brittany Barber from the Rockville, Md., campus.

Chris Motz, president of both Maryland campuses, presented the distinguished alumni of the year award to Mary Varner Rosborough.

Rosborough, 86, graduated from Kaplan’s local precursor, Hagerstown Business College, in 1945.

“The thorough preparation that I received at HBC allowed me to step into every experience with a confidence that I possess the skills to fulfill the requirements no matter what it took,” Rosborough said.

Rosborough said her education did not end when she graduated in 1945.

“Those were the days of fountain pens, manual typewriters, carbon paper, Varitypers, duplicators, mimeographs and stencils — some of these things may sound very strange to you,” she told the large crowd.

“But ... at that time, cellphones, computers and all of the modern technology was just a dream in somebody’s mind,” she said.

Motz said Rosborough’s first job after graduating was to type telegrams for the American Red Cross during the end of World War II.

The mother of four children, Rosborough said she has worked for a family business in home building and real estate sales, been an owner and operator of a secretarial, accounting, and tax preparation service, and was a human resources assistant.

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