1 The commencement exercises for the University of Phoenix were held in Phoenix, AZ.
2 Because the graduating class is so large, it's held on two consecutive days at the University of Phoenix Stadium.
3 The University of Phoenix Stadium is, of course, the home of the football team, the Arizona Cardinals.
4 I had just arrived at the stadium and was about to be interviewed by many print and TV reporters.
5 While we were there, we were guided by Alex Clark - VP of Public Relations, Apollo Group and Sarah Ovies - Vice President, Strategic Partnerships & Initiatives, Apollo Group
6 The interviews were held in one section of the stadium.
7 This is Kristina Bolton of Arizona Foothills Magazine, a monthly lifestyle/luxury publication.
8 Here I am being interviewed by Lauren Joskowitz of sheknows.com, a lifestyle online publication, which helps empower women through articles and discussion related to women's issues including beauty, relationships, and parenting.
9 I answered questions from Tishin Donkersley, the editor of Green Living Magazine, a monthly lifestyle publication centered around 'live green, work green, play green.'
10 I had an interview with Elizabeth Hughes, the editor of Scottsdale Business + Life, a new monthly publication that is growing in the community. Elizabeth is writing a feature on women entrepreneurs.
11 I also spoke with Eugene Fields, OC Register who was graduating that day and was the student speaker. He is 40 and looks like he's 20! He asked me what degree I would go back for which got me thinking about getting another degree!
12 Eugene's fiancee and mother were waving from the stands.
13 Each year, the Phoenix Pipe Band is asked to play for the University of Phoenix Graduation ceremonies. They were excellent and the audience loves them.
14 Sharing words before the graduation with Dr. Alan Drimmer - Provost and SVP of Academic Affairs University of Phoenix, Joe D'Amico - President of Apollo Group, and Bill Pepicello - President of University of Phoenix
15 Here I am in my cap and gown.
16 With Bill Pepicello and Dr. Alan Drimmer
17 Sarah Ovies and Nicole Sutliff of Susan Magrino Agency, hit it off well.
18 In 1976, Dr. John Sperling founded University of Phoenix and made a commitment to provide working adults with local higher education options at convenient class times.
19 The students study at more than 200 locations, as well as through online programs available in countries around the world. Attending classes is convenient for students, who earn degrees on their terms.
20 The shool believes that higher education can open many doors but, overcoming the demands of family and work to focus on education can be a challenge.
21 They provide rigorous degree and certificate programs and a learning environment designed to support working adults. Plus, there's a dedicated Graduation Team who helps every step of the way.
22 The University of Phoenix has close to 600,000 graduates, nearly 480,000 current students and 32,000 faculty members, which combine to make an extensive network of potential contacts.
23 Here I am at the podium on Friday addressing those in attendance.
24 I spoke about the importance of working hard, finding passion, knowing it's never too late to achieve, be willing to rethink your ideas but persevere, stay curious, and taking the time to savor success and celebrate it with family and friends.
25 At the next day's ceremonies, I took part in an hour-long Town Hall/Q&A on the subject of leadership with 100-150 University of Phoenix graduating MBA and PhD-level students, which was moderated by sportscaster, Jim Gray.
26 Jim has worked with CBS Sports, NBC Sports, ESPN, ABC-TV, and is currently with Showtime, NBA Sacramento Kings, Dial Global, and Westwood One Radio.
27 Jim was very nice and accommodating and he even wanted me to sign a copy of my latest book, Martha's American Food.
28 On Saturday the program included those graduating with their Doctorates in addition to those graduating with their Associates, Bachelors, and Masters Degrees.
29 Phoenix University also has the largest ethnic population of students in the United States.
30 There I am at the podium again addressing the crowd.
31 On this day, one family had three generations graduating from Phoenix University!
32 On Saturday, Sarah and Nicole wore the very same dress, completely unplanned. Fortunately, Sarah accessorized hers.