“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.
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.