Commencement Speaker Inspires Audience to Embrace Change

Miguel Martinez-Sierra and the RN to BSN clinicOn May 29, 2011, Miguel Martinez-Sierra gave an eloquent commencement speech for the graduates of the Adult Degree Program:

Good morning faculty, fellow graduates, families and friends who graciously accompany us today, which marks a very important milestone in our lives. It is with great pleasure that I introduce to you all the members of the graduating class for the 2011 adult degree program who will be receiving baccalaureate degrees in the following different programs of study: Accounting, Management, International Business, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Business Information Systems, and Nursing for Registered Nurses.

Today I would like to talk to you about change. Change, according to the dictionary, is to make or become different. As we look back to the day when we started our programs until now when we will be receiving our respective degrees, do you not see a sort of metamorphosis that has taken place within us? Do you not feel different?

I have some news…we have changed, we are not the same and we can thank knowledge for such transformation…we look within and recognize the unique masterpiece created in our souls…I reckon this is the reason why universities do not have material boundaries as some philosophers say…for the creating force that flows through them cannot be contained within any walls.

Change is not always easy and often comes with its own share of stress, pain and instability. But when we see the marvels it works in us, instead of shunning it away we make it our quest to possess it and with it, its ever changing force.

For many of the adult degree graduates the process of getting our baccalaureate degrees took more than four years to complete…In fact many of us have been working at them our whole lives while successfully juggling other responsibilities such as family, work and school. It does not matter how long we have waited, we will continue to bring our newfound love for knowledge to all we meet hoping to be for them a source of inspiration.

When I think of Linfield I think of a greenhouse where we all have been forced to grow in a short amount of time…today we are called forth to bear fruit, and we will, for “we have been tried and have not been found wanting…” WE ARE READY!

Thank you.

Miguel Martinez-Sierra, RN, BSN
Commencement Speaker, Class of 2011
Linfield College


Miguel Martinez-Sierra


Miguel currently works as an Intensive/Critical Care Nurse for PeaceHealth Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver.  Miguel earned an Associate degree in Nursing from Clark College, and chose to enter Linfield’s Adult Degree Program in the RN to BSN program because he believed that Linfield would provide him with the highest quality of education where care is shown for individual students.  Miguel is thankful for the support of his family and friends and faculty as he finished his degree through Linfield. Miguel has been accepted to the Master of Nursing program at Washington State University where he plans to become a Family Nurse Practitioner.