Graduation a dream come true for ISCM student

Dr. Craig Wilson, Ahmed Sark, and Laura Schieltz
Sakr and ISCM instructor Dr. Jason Woldt

This spring, Ahmed Sakr joined over 1,200 UW-Platteville graduates at the University’s 200th commencement ceremony. While he was excited to be graduating with his Master of Science in Integrated Supply Chain Management, the trip was all the more meaningful because it marked his first visit to the United States.

As he shared in a previous story, Sakr is originally from Egypt and now works in the pharmaceutical industry in Saudi Arabia. He pursued his degree online through UW-Platteville because he felt it offered the unique programming he needed to advance his career. After two years of hard work, he wanted to celebrate his graduation with his admissions specialist, advisors, instructors, and everyone who had helped him along the way.

With his degree in hand, Sakr is still determining his next steps. He is considering continuing his studies with a PhD or exploring new opportunities at work. No matter what path he takes, he is confident his ISCM degree will help him along the way.“To earn my degree from a university in the USA and to be able to travel there and meet everyone who helped me to this point is one of the most special things in my life,” Sakr said. “I not only have the degree, I will have the memories, the pictures, and the videos and nobody can take that from me.”

"I started the program because I had a dream to earn my degree."

“I want to move to a managerial position, though it doesn’t have to be in pharmaceuticals. The industry may change — with my degree and professional experience, it will help me so much to advance my career and make employers want me,” said Sakr.

“I started the program because I had a dream to earn my degree. I wanted to expand my knowledge and my way of thinking. I can say now, most of what I dreamed of came true.”

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