Upper Iowa University student, Jane Bushnell, completed her degree at the UIU-Prairie du Chien Center, and was one of six students selected to address the UIU Class of 2013 three commencement ceremonies May 11.
FAYETTE, Iowa (May 11, 2013) – Jane Bushnell of Prairie du Chien, Wis., told her fellow Upper Iowa University graduates Saturday, May 11, that completing her bachelor's degree at Upper Iowa University was much more than just "checking the box" – even at age 53.
"Three and a half years ago, at age 50, I enrolled in Upper Iowa," Bushnell said. "My intentions were really quite simple: I would get my degree the simplest and quickest way possible. I started my venture with some anxiety because it wasn't going to be easy being back to school after 30 years. I only had my eye on the final outcome. To my surprise, what I found most satisfying was not the destination; rather it was the journey."
Bushnell noted that she became a tutor for other students and joined in a UIU service trip to Haiti. "I truly tested my limits and lived fully in the moment," she added. "I became wholly engaged in the power and experiences of learning. It took me places in mind, body and spirit that I had never imagined."
Saying that life is full of possibilities, Bushnell urged the members of the UIU Class of 2013 to keep their eyes open, take initiative and create their own success.
"I love my job and do not plan on going anywhere," Bushnell laughed. "What I hope to accomplish through my educational experiences is knowing that I am a better person and use my knowledge to be an inspiration to others. My road ahead is wide open. Our futures are full of endless opportunities."
Bushnell graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology. She is the Human Resources and Marketing Director for Lori Knapp Companies, an organization that provides choice, independence, and quality of life for the elderly and people with disabilities. Bushnell also serves as president and coordinator of the Prairie du Chien Futures Scholarship program, as well as working with other professional and advocacy organizations.
Upper Iowa University has 19 U.S. off-campus education centers, a traditional residential campus in Fayette, international centers in Hong Kong and Malaysia, as well as an extensive online program and an independent study program. About 2,000 students who completed their associate, bachelor or master degrees through these UIU offerings graduated in the UIU ceremonies. Of those, 700 graduated from the Fayette location, more than 1,000 completed their degree at a U.S. center, 500 graduated through online or independent study programs, and 250 were from the international centers. UIU is one of the most diverse universities in Iowa. In all, the graduates represented 36 states and 14 nations.
About Upper Iowa University Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, not-for-profit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs and leadership development opportunities to some 6,200 students—nationally and internationally—at its Fayette campus and learning centers worldwide. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and independent study. For more information, visit www.uiu.edu.