Becker College Class of 2012 Follows Dom Sagolla’s Every Word
“Embrace constraints; seek them out,” may be the most valuable advice that Twitter co-creator Dom Sagolla gave to the Becker College Class of 2012 in his May 14 commencement address. He wasn’t talking about the tight economy, but about what he sees as one of four key elements to success, including simplicity, focus, and craftsmanship.
The new graduates, he said, were like “little start-ups” and that every good start-up was full of life, energy, optimism, and hope. “It is so important to be nice to the small people; say hello to security, appreciate admins,” he said. “I firmly believe the lowest of us inevitably rise up.” To illustrate his point, Sagolla told of an intern who left Odeo, the podcasting company which gave rise to Twitter, to “start his own thing.” That intern was Kevin Systrom, who recently sold his elegantly simplistic photo sharing app Instagram for $1 billion.
Whether a budding entrepreneur, nurse, video game developer, or veterinarian, Sagolla advised graduates to “Manufacture your own personal brand; discover what you’re best at doing and market it, sculpt it, hone it. You can still build something very important. Anyone is capable of success, as long as you define success for yourself.”
Becker College recognized Sagolla’s innovative contributions to the rapidly changing modes of global communication with an honorary doctorate of humane letters. “Dom Sagolla is an entrepreneur who has proven the power of disruptive innovation and possibility thinking—the tools that college graduates today need to fuel success in a radically changing economy,” said Becker College President Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D. “I believe that the insightful creativity and initiative that he has shown is what we strive to ignite in our students as we prepare them to lead in a global society.”
In the highest recognition of academic excellence, the Becker College Dean’s Award was presented to Victoria H. Prescott, of Milford, Mass., who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration-management and Jennifer Wallace, of Torrington, Conn., who graduated with an associate’s degree in animal care.
The Becker College Class of 2012 numbers 375. Graduates received bachelor of arts degrees in the disciplines of graphic design, interior design, interactive entertainment-game design, interactive entertainment-game development & programming, liberal arts-elementary education, psychology, psychology-applied behavior analysis, bachelor of science degrees in the disciplines of business administration, business administration-hospitality and tourism management, business administration-management, business administration-sports management, criminal justice, criminal justice-forensics/crime scene processing, exercise science-health and fitness, legal studies, nursing, veterinary science-clinical medicine, veterinary science-equine studies, veterinary science-laboratory animal management, and veterinary science-pre-veterinary.
Through the Becker College Center for Accelerated and Professional Studies graduates received bachelor of science degrees in business in business administration-management and nursing, bachelor of arts degrees in liberal arts-elementary education and psychology.
The College also awarded associate degrees in the disciplines of nursing, animal care, veterinary technology.