SAINT PAUL, Minn.—A Saint Paul resident was selected a spring semester Outstanding Student at Metropolitan State University.
Christopher Sugden graduated with a bachelor’s degree and was chosen as an outstanding graduate student representing the university’s College of Liberal Arts in History. He was one of 1,058 students receiving bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees at Metropolitan State’s 102nd commencement exercises on April 28, 2018 in at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
“I chose Metropolitan State because I needed a school that would allow me to get a degree while I worked full-time,” Sugden said. “My goal was to earn a bachelors degree; something that would allow me to leave the world of call center work and allow me to find a career that was fulfilling and stimulating.”
Sugden is employed at Great Lakes Higher Education, where he works with schools and borrowers. He volunteers for the Great Lakes Gives foundation and participates in the Great Lakes Pen Pal Program, in which he corresponds with a 4th grader at a low-income school. Sugden also serves as a Parent Advisory Board member at his daughter’s school.
After graduation, Sugden plans to begin graduate school at Hamline University to obtain a Minnesota teaching license for secondary social studies education, grades 5-12 and for his master of arts in teaching.
In a nomination, Sugden was praised for his presence and active participation in the classroom. “He is an enthusiastic and reliable student in classes and raises the level of class discussions, thus improving the learning experience for everyone in the room… Chris has the ability to think about and integrate knowledge from a multitude of sources and experiences.”