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May 5: 2012 Spring Commencement

Ceremonies at 9 a.m., noon, 3 p.m. Saturday.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 4-30-2012

Mankato, Minn. – Approximately 1,500 Minnesota State University, Mankato students will participate in three spring commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 5.

Ceremonies will be at 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. in Bresnan Arena of Taylor Center. Students in the colleges of Arts & Humanities and Science, Engineering & Technology will take part in the 9 a.m. ceremony; those in the colleges of Allied Health & Nursing and Education will participate in the noon event; and students in the colleges of Business and Social & Behavioral Sciences will be graduated in the 3 p.m. ceremony.

Al Annexstad and his wife, Cathy, of Owatonna, Minn., will be honored with prestigious honorary doctorate degrees at the 3 p.m. ceremony. Al Annexstad will be awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree, while Cathy Annexstad will be awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters degree.

As leader of Federated Insurance, Al Annexstad, a 1967 graduate of Minnesota State Mankato, has developed a long-standing and far-reaching relationship with Minnesota State Mankato that has benefited students, alumni, and the citizens of Minnesota. The organization’s extensive scholarship program makes significant awards annually to multiple students in the University’s College of Business and College of Science, Engineering and Technology, as well as student athletes. Cathy Annexstad was the inspiration behind the 2000 establishment of the Annexstad Family Foundation, which offers scholarships at several colleges and universities for students who have been served by the mentoring organization Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Four of the candidates will be honored as the first graduates of the inaugural doctoral cohort of Minnesota State Mankato’s new Educational Leadership educational doctorate program. Master’s-degree candidates will graduate with the college of their affiliation.

Music for the three ceremonies will be provided by the Minnesota Valley Brass Quintet (Minnesota State Mankato faculty members Gerard Aloisio, Stewart Ross and Doug Snapp; emeritus faculty member Tom Giles; and alumnus Dave Schultz). Kimm Julian, Minnesota State Mankato associate professor of music, will perform the National Anthem and the closing Minnesota State University, Mankato Hymn.

Thomas Renier, a member of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities Board of Trustees, will greet the candidates. Pam Weller, a 1992 graduate and president of the Minnesota State Mankato Alumni Association, will welcome new graduates to the association. President Richard Davenport will present diplomas to the new graduates.

Student speakers for the 9 a.m. ceremony will be Matthew J. Lexcen, Mankato, president of the Minnesota State Student Association; Kimberly M. Steffen, Spencer, Iowa, College of Arts & Humanities; and Sandra N. Tambi, Andover, Minn., College of Science, Engineering & Technology. Speakers for the noon ceremony will be Shelby J. Sackett, Winnebago, Minn., College of Allied Health & Nursing, and Paul E. Peterson, St. Peter, Minn., College of Graduate Studies. Speakers for the 3 p.m. ceremony will be Justin B. Hines, Maple Grove, Minn., College of Business, and Austin L. Lee, Bloomington, Minn., College of Social & Behavioral Sciences.

More information about the Minnesota State Mankato spring commencement is at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,649 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

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