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November 20, 2021 Las Vegas

WGU Commencement Weekend in Las Vegas

Alumni Celebration 
Friday, November 19

 

Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas

Commencement
Saturday, November 20

Thomas & Mack Center 
4505 S Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89154

 

Master's Ceremony

Bachelor's Ceremony

Commencement Speakers

Keynote Speaker

John Quinones

John Quiñones
ABC News Veteran, Creator & Host, What Would You Do?

A lifetime of “never taking no for an answer” took John Quiñones from migrant farm work and poverty to more than 30 years at ABC News, the anchor desk at 20/20 and Primetime, and 7 national Emmy awards for his reporting. Along the way, he broke through barriers, won the highest accolades, and became a role model for many.

Known for connecting with audiences and leaving them uplifted and inspired, Quiñones delivers a powerful message of believing in one’s self, never giving up, and always, always doing the right thing. As host and creator of What Would You Do?, the highly-rated, hidden camera ethical dilemma newsmagazine, Quiñones has literally become “the face of doing the right thing”. It’s a role that he has enthusiastically embraced off camera, with a popular book and keynote presentations that challenge both business and general audiences to examine the What Would You Do? moments we face every day. 

His moving presentations focus on his odds-defying journey, celebrate the life-changing power of education, champion the Latino American Dream, and provide thought-provoking insights into human nature and ethical behavior. This work and his many achievements were recently recognized with honorary doctorate degrees from Davis & Elkins College in West Virginia and Utah Valley University.


Bachelor's Ceremony Speakers

Zachary Johnson
B.S. Nursing & M.S. Nursing - Education
Honolulu, Hawaii

Zack Johnson comes from a military family. He was born in Japan, grew up in Alaska and attended high school and college in Illinois. He joined the military, too, and became a firefighter in the Illinois Air National Guard. During his time in the military, Zack was activated for flood relief and was deployed to Iraq in 2010. 

Zachary Johnson

Zack, who earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from WGU, spent a few summers in Oahu as a child and always dreamt of moving to Hawaii. After graduating from nursing school, Zack sold everything he owned, drove across the country and shipped his car to Hawaii. Since moving to Honolulu, Zack has built a successful career in nursing, found the love of his life and purchased a home within walking distance from the beach. 

For fun, Zack enjoys hiking, scuba diving, movie nights with friends and visiting his niece and nephew on Maui. 

Adriana Grimes 
Bachelor of Science, Business Management 
Long Beach, California  

Adriana Grimes hails from Long Beach and began her higher education journey at Long Beach City College, majoring in Journalism. Although she didn’t complete this program, Adrianna valued what she learned during her time there. Adriana earned her Bachelor’s of Science, Business Management degree from WGU. 

Adriana Grimes

Adriana has always been an avid lover of the arts and enjoys fashion, poetry, drawing, and especially dancing. She started dancing at the age of three and became a professional dancer at 18, signing with an agency. Adriana created her very own dance troupe and within two years had residencies at various venues in Southern California. To continue flexing her creativity muscle, Adrianna had a column in the Long Beach Times newspaper titled, “Let me Tell It.”  

Adriana enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, ages three and six. She currently works for the City of Inglewood and plans to earn her MBA at WGU to help her start her own business, specializing in image consulting, wellness, and choreography.


Master's Ceremony Speakers

Kathleen Fowers
M.A. Teaching, English Education - Secondary
Lehi, Utah

Kathleen Fowers comes from a family of educators and teaching was her lifelong dream. Kathleen’s life was changed forever by one high school teacher who inspired her to dream bigger than she ever imagined possible. 

Kathleen Fowers

After living abroad in France, working at an art museum and raising a young family, she finally decided it was time to take that final step that would allow her to share her passion for literature and art with others. Kathleen earned her master's degree at WGU and says the road was harder than she imagined, but the payoff in the end has been worth it as she has fulfilled her dream, teaching 11th grade English and Concurrent Enrollment Humanities. 

In her free time, Kathleen teaches art classes to young kids in her neighborhood. Forever a lifelong learner, her love of travel and reading have opened her mind to hear the stories and lives of others. 

Kathleen lives in Utah with her family. 

Qu’Teaus Smith 
M.S. Management & Leadership
Locust Grove, Georgia   

Qu’Teaus Smith is a first-generation college graduate who aspires to serve as a positive and strong role model for her children and family and those she mentors. She was born and raised in Atlanta and earned her Associates of Arts in Education and Bachelor’s of Science in Human Services from Gordon State College. Qu’Teaus earned her Master’s of Science in Management and Leadership from WGU.

Qu'teaus Smith

Qu’Teaus is a wife and mother of three and enjoys spending time with her family and close friends when she isn’t working on her next big goal. Qu’Teaus serves as a webinar host, a pet rescue volunteer and as a diversity and inclusion specialist. She doesn’t plan to slow down any time soon, believing life lived to the fullest yields great rewards.  


Anthem Singer

Brittany Taylor

Brittany Taylor
MBA
Inglewood, California

Panama City, Florida, native Brittany Taylor, is a flight attendant manager instructor for American Airlines, with many years of aviation and customer care experience.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of South Alabama and earned her Master of Business Administration degree from Western Governors University. Brittany is a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and the Deployable C.A.R.E. Team for American Airlines. When she's not in the sky, you will find her leading worship at Greater Zion Church Family in Compton, or spending time with her dog, Tucker. As a service professional, her main goal is to leave a lasting impression on anyone she encounters.