2011 OSU Ecampus graduates

Michael Kramar – Lifelong learning with lasting friendships to bootmichael kramar

Ed.M., Organization and Human Resource Education
Bend, Ore.

What does completing your degree mean to you? How do you feel it will improve your life and career?
As a lifelong learner, my degree is part of a process. My cohort members will remain a part of my life experience, and so will OSU. As an accomplishment, persevering through hard times is part of who I am. The encouragement from my cohort is now also who I am as well.

Why did you choose to complete your degree online through OSU Extended Campus? What did you like about this method of education?
My program was a hybrid, meeting physically once a month. The bond we developed was surprising and serious. I appreciate them all deeply from the heart, and our connections. Our relationships grew as peers, and as friends and it will continue to grow.

Did you have an instructor or advisor who was influential in helping you succeed as a distance student?
Donna Drake Clark and Shelley Dubkin-Lee were always there for me. They and others in the grad school really care. It was a new experience for me that I often did not know how to handle. They care and have given me a model to follow that I may give to others.

What will your Ecampus degree allow you to do that you were unable to do before?
My degree will open the door to more possibilities than I can embrace at the moment. I plan to teach and learn internationally. My degree from Oregon State is not only a personal reflection of a major life accomplishment, but also one to people around the world. Graduation is a reality that is somewhat overwhelming. All I can say is, thank you.

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