05th Sep2011

Nubian Simmons – Tennessee State University

by Staff

“It seems like the moment you want to give up, there is a little voice in your head that tells you, if you can just get past this point, it will get easier, and that is so true! You will be amazed at how far you can go if you push yourself and don’t give up!”

C/O 2003 and 2007

Majors: Elementary Education Concentration in Science & Math

Supply Chain Management

Founder / CEO of The Graduate Co: Visit The Graduate Co.

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Introduce Yourself.

Hello, my name is Nubian Simmons and I am from Milwaukee, WI and am currently living in Nashville, TN. I graduated from Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education Concentration in Science & Math in 2003 and received my Master of Business Administration Degree in Supply Chain Management in 2007.

You can follow me on twitter at: twitter/nubythegraduate

You can email me at: nsimmons[AT]thegraduateco.com

Visit my company’s website at: www.thegraduateco.com

How many students were in your incoming class?

Whoa – that is a good question! I am not completely sure but I’m sure it was somewhere in the thousands!

How many students are/were in your graduating class?

There were about 1000 in my graduating class both times.

Who among your friends and family came to see your graduation?

My immediate family came (mother, brothers, sister, aunt and uncle)

Were you the first in your family to graduate from college? Do you know anyone that was?

I was actually the first to graduate from college in my family– wow that is kinda cool!

Who else in your family graduated from Tennessee State University?

My youngest brother now calls Tennessee State University his alma mater too! Go Big Blue!! My other siblings attended Alcorn State University and Grambling State University.

What did it feel like to graduate after years of hard work? What are you going to do or what did you do to celebrate your graduation?

I honestly was proud of my BS, but I felt like I had really achieved something with my MBA. I was very proud of myself for that degree – the curriculum kicked my butt and I did it with honors!! There were times when I was so challenged with the subjects that I thought about quitting. Of course those were emotional days controlled by frustration. Subjects such as Economics, Finance and Accounting were like foreign languages to me and they were not sinking in! I had to buckle down, get a tutor and learn them – for real! I can say, the subjects that challenged me the most, have helped me so much with my custom graduation invitation business, The Graduate. I am glad that I stuck with them and completed that degree! It seems like the moment you want to give up, there is a little voice in your head that tells you, “if you can just get past this point, it will get easier”, and that is so true! You will be amazed at how far you can go if you push yourself and don’t give up! To celebrate for both degrees, I went out to eat with my family and then partied with my classmates!!

I am also proud to say that a lot of my graduating classmates used my company as their graduation invitation provider – I was proud to know that I had come up with a product that students at every HBCU could actually utilize and they could capture their college experience in the invitation to share with their friends and family. Since 2003, we have sold to over 100,000 graduates around the country! If you know someone graduating from an HBCU or PWI, please let them know about our company, The Graduate www.thegraduateco.com.


Link to The Graduate Co. with founder Nubian Simmons


Do you give back as an alumni to Tennessee State University? Visited any homecomings?

Yes I give back as an alumni. Aside from giving money, The Graduate hires student interns from Tennessee State University. We believe in providing an environment where the intern can use what they learn in the classroom and apply it to the real world! I learn a lot from our interns too! If you know of anyone who is majoring in Marketing, Advertising, Communications or Business that need an internship, tell them to email us at: graduate[AT]thegraduateco.com
We also donate a percentage of the graduation invitation sales back to the Universities the orders come from! So the student is getting graduation invitations for his or her self and donating back to their school – it’s a win –win! We believe in trying to keep the African American dollar in our community for as long as we can!

Homecoming? Of course – you don’t want to miss a Tennessee State University homecoming! Even with the popularity of facebook or www.tsuhomecoming.com which are two mediums that display the photos from homecoming, you don’t want to be the one at home like “dang I wish I would have went this year” as you look through the photos – you want to say you were there – lol

What advice do you have for future HBCU graduates?

I would advise everyone that has an opportunity to attend an HBCU, to go! I see so much pride in the students that attend an HBCU – and no matter where you go or what school you visit while enrolled at another HBCU, there is a camaraderie that exists between us. We are a family and have to love and support each other. Don’t think that by going to an HBCU that you are getting a second rate education, our schools produce some of the most intelligent people in the world! People that have discovered young planets, developed cancer treatment centers and so much more! I am proud to have attended one and am also proud that my brothers and sisters did as well!

Nubian Queen and HBCU or Nubian Temple of Education Alumni Nubian Simmons, we are and were honored to meet you – your smile and your positive attitude speaks volumes of your character.

We thank you for taking the time to share your HBCU Graduation Experience while at Tennessee State University. If you just read the interview make sure to take heed to the wise words above – college is as much fun as it is hard work.

Learn to all things in moderation and never in haste and also NEVER GIVE UP like Nubian Queen Nubian Simmons stated.

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Graduate of an HBCU and true believer in HBCUs being the best at giving a well-rounded education academically and personally.




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