Framingham graduates obtain their degrees


The Framingham University graduates pose for a photo during the graduation ceremony last Friday at the Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-Purpose Center. (Kimberly A. Bautista)

The 11th batch of graduates of Framingham University’s international masters program officially received their degrees last Friday.

Framingham University is based in Massachusetts and has expanded its graduate program in international education to the CNMI.

Last Friday, 24 CNMI educators were awarded their master’s degree in education with a concentration on international education.

According to one of the graduates, Vinni Orsini, he feels ready to go out and incorporate the knowledge he has obtained in his classroom.

“I feel like I am more prepared to make an impact on students’ lives and I am really glad that I learned so much from our professors but mostly from my classmates that took the course with me. Without them and the support they have given me, I wouldn’t be the teacher that I am today,” he said.

Orsini’s biggest takeaway from the program was that the impact you make on a student’s life is what defines your credibility as an instructor.

“Life is not about making an income but about making an impact,” he said.

Orsini will be returning to his World History class at the Admiral Herbert G. Hopwood Jr. Middle School to practice all he has learned throughout the past two years.

One of the oldest members of the graduating class was 66-year-old Chang Whan Jang. According to Jang, there is no time limit in achieving your goals. “It’s never to late to learn and to obtain the degree you are aiming for.”

A master’s in international education allows the individual to practice teaching in any setting and among any age, gender, or ethnic group.

According to Northern Marianas College president Dr. Carmen Fernandez, Framingham University established a union with NMC over 10 years ago. The university handles the logistics, the classroom, and the materials and NMC provides support for program.

“We will be starting up another group again and I think there are about 20…they will be starting very soon,” she said.

Kimberly Bautista Esmores | Reporter
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