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May 9: Spring Commencement Ceremonies

Approximately 1,500 students will participate in ceremonies.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 5-1-2015

Mankato, Minn. – Approximately 1,500 Minnesota State University, Mankato students will participate in three spring commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 9 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 and Doug Snapp; emeritus faculty members Tom Giles and Stewart Ross; and alumnus Dave Schultz). Stephanie Thorpe, Minnesota State Mankato assistant professor of music, will perform the National Anthem and the closing Minnesota State University, Mankato Hymn.

Robert Hoffman, a member of the Board of Trustees for the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities, will greet the candidates. Kathleen Eiden, a 1964 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 Laken P. Fennern, New Prague, Minn., College of Arts and Humanities, and Abolaji R. Akinyemi, Nigeria, College of Science, Engineering and Technology.

Speakers for the noon ceremony will be Moriah C. Miller, Centerville, Minn., College of Allied Health and Nursing, and Kerry J. Diekmann, Washington, D.C., College of Education.

Speakers for the 3 p.m. ceremony will be Shin Zie Lai, Malaysia, College of Business, and Michael R. Galler, Lake Elmo, 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 15,376 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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