Online MBA Student Visits Campus for Graduation


David L. Dodds

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College of Business & Public Administration


Robyn McBrady graduated from the University of North Dakota on Saturday, May 14. It was the first time she’d ever stepped foot on campus.

A native of Kensington, Minn. McBrady was one of more than 2,100 UND students who were eligible to receive degrees from the institution at the General Commencement exercise at the Alerus Center. McBrady attained her Master’s Degree in Business Administration exclusively online and with other distance-learning means through UND’s Office of Extended Learning. McBrady explains that she has been to Grand Forks but she had never made it to the UND campus before Saturday, despite earning enough credits for a UND master’s degree. Kensington is a small Minnesota community of about 300 people, southeast of Alexandria, Minn., in Douglas County. It’s about 180 miles southeast of Grand Forks, as the crow flies.

UND’s online MBA program is administered through the College of Business and Public Administration and the Office of Extended Learning. Of the 2,100 students who were eligible to graduate, more than 1,200 of them took part in Saturday’s ceremony.

Unlike many of her fellow graduating classmates who spent at least four years working toward their degrees on campus here at UND, McBrady was quite literally – here and gone. She was scheduled to arrive in Grand Forks from her home in Kensington sometime late morning Saturday before the commencement ceremony at 1:30 p.m. With degree in hand and after a quick interview with a local Grand Forks TV station, she was on her way home again.