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Tytiana Reid selected Metropolitan State University Outstanding Graduate Student for Spring 2021

Posted May 14, 2021

President's Outstanding Student Award presentation

Tytiana Reid of Minneapolis has been selected a spring semester Outstanding Graduate Student at Metropolitan State University.

Reid is one of 10 Metropolitan State students recognized at the President’s Outstanding Student Award Reception on May 1, 2021. President’s Outstanding Student Award recipients are nominated by their professors and advisers and selected based on their academic excellence, community service, academic innovation in the educational program and professional achievement.

Reid graduates with a Master’s of Public Administration degree and was chosen the Outstanding Graduate Student for the university’s College of Community Studies and Public Affairs. She is one of 1,018 students receiving bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees at Metropolitan State’s 108th commencement exercises, which will be celebrated with an online ceremony on May 8, 2021.

Reid currently works as a legislative aide at the Minnesota State Senate. Looking for a master’s degree with which she could advance her career and equip herself with skills to accomplish her future goals, Reid chose Metropolitan State, from where her mom had also graduated. The Master of Public Administration degree is a very practical choice that integrates study of public administration and issues with nonprofit and for-profit perspectives. Students begin by studying program fundamentals, then take courses in public policy analysis and public budgeting and finance, supported by a set of strategic skills courses, electives, and a capstone seminar that all students complete.

“I am currently working at a job that I love, knowing that I can help advocate for those who are not always present. I do plan to continue my work in law and policy, just hopefully in a different realm in the future,” Reid says. “I knew that I would continue to work full time throughout my graduate program, so I needed a program that recognized that by providing courses online and in the evenings.

“Upon starting my program, I was really nervous about being able to balance a demanding full-time job and my course load. I overcame this by remaining consistent, sticking to a schedule and planning ahead.

Reid is a 2018 graduate of Winona State University where she earned a bachelor of science in public administration. She is a 2014 graduate of Robbinsdale Cooper High School in New Hope. She a congregant at Mighty Fortress International Ministries in Minneapolis. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, and traveling.