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May 10: Spring Commencement

Ceremonies are set for 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. in Taylor Center's Bresnan Arena.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 5-5-2014

Mankato, Minn. – Approximately 1,600 Minnesota State University, Mankato students will participate in three spring commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 10 in Taylor Center’s Bresnan Arena. The ceremonies will be at 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m.

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.

Candidates for graduate degrees 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.

Elise Ristau, a member of the Board of Trustees for the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities, will greet the candidates. Gordon Vlasak, a 1974 and 1997 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 Samuel J. Thompson, Clive, Iowa, College of Arts and Humanities, and Clayton T. Wagner, Belle Plaine, Minn., College of Science, Engineering and Technology.

Speakers for the noon ceremony will be Michael A. Ramirez, Mankato, Minn., College of Allied Health and Nursing, and Philip L. Munkvold, Vermillion, S.D., College of Education.

Speakers for the 3 p.m. ceremony will be Matthew E. Lindquist, Mankato, Minn., College of Business, and Abdullahi M. Abdullahi, Mankato, Minn., College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
More information about the Minnesota State Mankato spring commencement is at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,409 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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