SAINT PAUL, Minn.—A Saint Paul resident was selected a spring semester Outstanding Student at Metropolitan State University.
Jennifer Cannon graduated summa cum laude with a master’s in technical communication and was chosen Outstanding Graduate Student representing the university’s College of Liberal Arts. She was one of 1,058 students receiving bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees at Metropolitan State’s 103rd commencement exercises on April 28, 2018, in Minneapolis.
“The biggest challenge was probably just staying motivated to continue when I was already successful in my career,” Cannon said. ” I took a couple courses here and there during the 90s and early 2000s, then went consistently starting in 2012 when I wanted to make a career change.”
Cannon, who earned a bachelor’s degree in technical communication from Metropolitan State in 2015, is a web administrator and instructional designer at the Center for Victims of Torture. At Metropolitan State, Cannon was active in student life, and was an officer of TC3, the student organization for technical communication. Cannon is also active in the community as a volunteer writer for streets.mn. In the past, Cannon volunteered for Boy Scouts of America and her son’s school’s booster club.
“What really stands out with Jennifer is that she is an excellent scholar, but she is also constantly working to make the world around her better… Jennifer Cannon is a doer, a maker, a leader, and a scholar. She is as comfortable applying theoretical concepts to a document design project as she is creating podcasts and video, or pitching in to lead a student organization or volunteer for a nonprofit. She is committed both to academic excellence, and to contributing her considerable skills to making a better world,” said Anne Aronson, professor in the School of Communication, Writing and Arts and Cannon’s nominating instructor.