Opening Borders and Challenging Boundaries:
By Carol A. Tebbs, MA
Welcome Kepler College trustees, faculty, friends and students,
The group of graduates who sit before us are the true embodiment of our 2006 theme, “Opening Borders and Challenging Boundaries”. The two women are Canadians, one born in Argentina, and our “alpha-male” is a local Washington resident. Though a small group, they represent the world-wide diversity of the students at Kepler College by nationality, age and gender. In case you are wondering at the term, “alpha male”, Roland Matthews is the first male graduate of Kepler College in three (3) classes. Fortunately, other men have taken up the gauntlet to study at Kepler College, and our first and second year classes are now equally men and women.
To expand on, “Opening Borders”, in the nearly seven (7) years Kepler College has been in operation, our students and graduates represent three (3) continents, eleven (11) nations, and many more ethnicities and cultures. They come internationally from countries spanning the globe, and in the U. S. from nineteen (19) states across the nation. The ages of our students have varied from seventeen (17) to (71), not possible in most other colleges that cater to youngsters away from home for the first time. Distance learning opens borders and is the key to the great student diversity we cherish so dearly here at Kepler College.