CTU Grad, Dr. Joshua Fry, Gives Commencement Address

Joshua Fry grew up in a small town in Southeast Colorado. The education he’s pursued at CTU has now expanded his view far beyond anything he ever imagined as a young high school graduate– he’s earned three degrees. At only 26, Joshua has earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, and will now graduate with his Doctoral degree. He addressed the crowd on Saturday, and explained what attending CTU and earning his degrees has meant to him. Read his inspiring words:

CTU Alumnus and Commencement Speaker Joshua FryGood afternoon, everyone. Thank you so much for joining us today to celebrate this momentous occasion. It is an honor and privilege to be here before you, especially the graduates of the Class of 2014 and your friends and family. 

I would like to share a little about myself and the impact CTU has had in my life.

My story begins back home. Home was a small town in Southeast Colorado. I grew up and graduated from high school in 2005 in a class of 15 students. Growing up in a small town, as many of you may know, is an interesting lifestyle. You know everyone and everyone knows you - and your parents. I was an officer in our High School’s student council, as well as many other clubs. I came to CTU and was the Student Senate president for 2 years. I continued to serve as the advisor for another 2 years. While continuing my education, getting married, raising children, and moving a number of times – I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in just over 3.5 years, my Master’s degree  one year after that, and finally now my Doctorate three years later. I have finished 21 consecutive years of education and have earned my terminal degree at 26 years old. With a career fully underway and a magnificent family, I feel as though I could conquer the world.

I’ve been asked what made me want to get my Doctoral degree and why I did not just stop after earning my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. For me, I felt as though from an educational perspective, I was just not finished until I had completed the highest level. I wanted to have the qualifications to do nearly anything I set my mind to. I also have to give some credit to a CTU advisor who, after I completed my bachelor’s program, told me, “You can start your master’s in 2 years, or … you can be finished with your master’s in 2 years.” This comment, along with wanting my children to understand the importance of education, inspired me to get going and get it done.

CTU has given me a chance. A career, an education, and a family. I met my wife at CTU and it was the best thing that ever happened to me. Through my involvement with CTU, I met a wonderful woman and we have two amazing and beautiful children. For those of you who know me personally, you can understand what my wife has had to put up with for all these years. I credit CTU with having a huge impact in my life and providing me many things that I would not have without this university.

To my parents - thank you for shaping me into the individual I am today. Without your guidance I would not be the man I am right now.

To all of our families and friends - thank you for being here and thank you for your support during the long nights and weekends spent studying  - and for your many years of dedication to the graduate in your life. Without you, it would not be easy or worth it for these graduates.

My fellow graduates - you did it. You’ve spent countless hours studying at a computer or sitting in class… and pushing forward to achieve your education. You should be very proud. If you take anything away from today’s celebration, always remember the benefit of hard work. Think back on how you set your goal - and by staying focused and working hard - you proved you can achieve anything you set your mind to. All your hard work brought you to this day of celebration.

CTU has given us the tools; now let’s go build our future! Thank you.