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Lemoore Campus Commencement 2019

May 17, 2019 by Victoria Lim
Brandman University Lemoore campus site director Dennis Zmija welcomes graduates and attendees to the 2019 commencement ceremony.                    

Brandman University's Lemoore campus site director Dennis Zmija took the lead on the 2019 commencement at Naval Air Station Lemoore, a combined ceremony that included three universities that serve students on base. Among Brandman's eight graduates was student speaker Jeffrey Blain, who earned his Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership while on active duty.

Here are Blain's remarks:

Welcome Friends and family,

This is not a typical graduation ceremony, this graduation focuses on the military members who have managed to go the extra step towards their future.

We are not your average students, we have been the student who works long hours, random shifts, dangerous work environments, changing schedules, limited internet connectivity, and additional tasking’s from our commands.

We are the students who hold many different positions in our commands, our community, and often times our family.

We are the students who managed to take classes at sea, classes online, classes in a seat, used our military credits or even a CLEP Exam or two.

Jeffrey Blain Lemoore commencement

We have stayed awake for internet hours, we have stressed about internet connectivity, and looking for the next hot spot or free WIFI, all in the hope that we can submit required papers on time.


Some of us can remember the Navy slogan “Let the journey begin.” It has been a long journey for me, and I am happy to have reached this point in which I can say I have done it.

I have managed to challenge myself and many of my sailors to start and finish some kind of degree.

This desire to challenge my sailors and myself to achieve a degree was instilled by my grandfather when he would help me with my math homework at a young age.

My grandfather always stressed the importance of a college degree; he would always ask where I stand on completing my degree.

He has passed, but now I can proudly say that I have completed my masters, I have shown my sailors and my family that no matter how hard, military members always find a way.

We must continue the journey and never stop taking the chance to learn or further our ambitions.

Take the time and be the leader, challenge the next service member to stop giving excuses and deliver results.

We must continue this drive to better ourselves and our community, teach others and challenge them to be successful.

Thank you and God bless.

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