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First Wal-Mart Academy class in Minnesota graduates


What does a Wal-Mart graduation look like?

On Tuesday, at the retailer’s first training academy in Minnesota, it went something like this: Its first class of graduates, mostly hourly supervisors of all ages, were clad in blue caps and gowns along with golden sashes — the company’s colors.

There was a procession though two lines of high-fiving and clapping store managers while “Pomp and Circumstance” blared in the background. The podium and backdrop of the stage were made out of blue Pepsi 12-pack cartons and the ceremony itself included a Wal-Mart cheer, a flag ceremony by a local Cub Scout troop and a reading of Dr. Seuss’ “Oh, the Places You’ll Go.”


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