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First Doctor of Education among Dec. 10 graduates

First counselor education doctorate is awarded.

By Pat Christman, Free Press Photographer [published in The Free Press, Mankato, MN, 11/10/2011]

Free Press / Pat ChristmanKeith Stover, Jonathan Zierdt, and Dan McElroy.
Katelyn Romsa is hooded by her advisor, Dr. Karin Lindstrom Bremer, after receiving her Doctor of Education, Counselor Education and Supervision degree during Minnesota State University's commencement ceremony Saturday at Taylor Center.

Minnesota State Mankato graduate Katelyn Romsa spoke of feelings common to college students during her commencement speech Saturday: Fear, excitement, apprehension, joy. For her, those emotions took on a unique perspective on the student experience.

Romsa was the first student to complete the new Doctor of Education counselor education degree program at Minnesota State Mankato. She was also the only doctoral candidate in Saturday’s commencement, receiving her doctoral hood during a brief ceremony before diplomas were handed to the remaining graduates.

Her status as a doctor of education in counselor education and supervision makes her unique as the first to complete the program, but also makes her a member of a distinguished group of academics -- those who can precede their name with the title, “Dr.”

For the online Free Press story with Pat Christman's photos, see Sunday's print edition of The Free Press, or go to

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