Success Stories

What can you do with a degree from the University of Mary? Pretty much anything you put your mind to! Every day, our graduates are serving others and accomplishing amazing things all over the world.

Check out these success stories from some of our graduates:

Featured Story

Joanne Oleksik had always felt a strong call to volunteer as a nurse somewhere in the world.
Joanne Oleksik
BSN, Class of 2011

Stories of Career Advancement

  • Colton Shoults is an idea machine—an entrepreneur’s entrepreneur.
    Colton Shoults
    MSB, Class of 2015
  • When you truly love your home town, you throw yourself into making it thrive. Brian Ritter is a native and lifelong resident of Bismarck, North Dakota, and has worked tremendously hard in his city, which he calls a “shining star,” to capture the strong economic momentum that’s been transforming the region.
    Brian Ritter
    BS, Class of 2005; MBA, Class of 2006
  • Erica Hager took her home-based sewing business and grew it into a worldwide phenomenon.
    Erica Hager
    BS, 2004; MMGT, 2007

Stories of Military, Veterans and their Families

  • The University of Mary goes above and beyond when it comes to working with military students.
    Jennifer Anderson
    MSB, Class of 2019

Stories of Benedictine Values

  • Jackie Grunefelder is a lifesaving link to healthcare in rural North Dakota, filling a crucial role for her patients in a sparsely populated state.
    Jackie Grunefelder
    BSN, Class of 1996; MSN, Class of 2005
  • Relief nurse Kelly Suter works in the very thick of disaster, always on standby to deploy within 72 hours to a war zone or medical crisis, such as an Ebola outbreak, anywhere in the world, be it South Sudan, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nepal, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, or elsewhere.
    Kelly Suter
    MS in Bioethics, 2017