Heather Vogel Gives Graduate Student Commencement Speech

May 17, 2013

Heather Vogel, who is graduating from Wheelock College with a Master's in Social Work and a certificate in Organizational Leadership, delivered the student speech at Wheelock's commencement ceremony on May 17, 2013.

Vogel is passionate about working with children and families who face barriers that prevent them from achieving a more fulfilling life. Through this dynamic, hands on, experiential program, Vogel developed a justice-based social work competence, as well as organizational leadership skills with a broad orientation to human services, providing the skills and knowledge base to be a successful leader in the nonprofit, mission-based sector. Vogel received her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Counseling and Social Change from San Diego State University.

At Commencement, Vogel's speech was a 5-minute crash course on the change process as a graduate student at Wheelock College. "As a Wheelock grad, my purpose and my passion gives my life meaning. Knowing I can assist and provide individuals, organizations, communities and society with resources necessary to be successful in the change process, is empowering. Human life is not black and white. It is grey, messy, uncomfortable, often functioning in the unknown and it is the context in which we will all practice in," said Vogel.

Read the full text of Vogel's commencement speech.

The Graduate Commencement address was delivered by Hubert E. Jones, an advocate for the rights of children since 1957. His impact on legislation and public policy, human service delivery, educational opportunity for all citizens in Massachusetts is unparalleled. In his role as a community leader and advocate, Jones founded, helped establish or led over thirty community-based organizations in the greater Boston area.

Visit the Commencement 2013 web page for photos and videos of the ceremony.

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