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May 7: Fifteen Hundred Students to Participate in Spring Commencement Ceremonies

Ceremonies will be held at 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. in Taylor Center's Bresnan Arena.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 5-2-2016

Mankato, Minn. – Approximately 1,500 Minnesota State University, Mankato students will participate in three spring commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 7 in Taylor Center’s Bresnan Arena. The ceremonies will be at 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m.

Live-streaming captioning services will be provided for each ceremony.

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 before each ceremony will be provided by a student disc jockey, with the processional and recessional at each ceremony performed by a four-student combination group.

The national anthem will be performed at the ceremonies by graduating students Molly Buhler, Department of Music (9 a.m.), Adam Yankowy, Department of Theatre and Dance (noon), and Matthew Stairs, Department of Theatre and Dance (3 p.m.).

Elise Bourdeau, a member of the Board of Trustees for the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities and a 2013 Minnesota State Mankato graduate, will greet the candidates. Dale Wolpers, a 1975 and 1983 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 Michael P. Torres, Pomona, Calif., College of Arts and Humanities, and Amanda R. Iversen, Mankato, Minn., College of Science, Engineering and Technology.

Student speakers for the noon ceremony will be Scott M. Heitkamp, Brooklyn Park, Minn., College of Allied Health and Nursing, and Dharsini Goonetilleke, Sri Lanka, College of Education.

Student speakers for the 3 p.m. ceremony will be April A. Femrite, Mankato, Minn., College of Business, and Kimberly Barron, Faribault, 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 15,193 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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