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May 5: Spring 2018 Commencement Ceremonies

Approximately 1,600 students will participate in three ceremonies.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 5-1-2018

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 Mankato, Minn. – Approximately 1,600 Minnesota State University, Mankato students will participate in three spring commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 5 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 participate in the 3 p.m. ceremony.

Candidates for graduate degrees will graduate with the college of their affiliation.

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

Douglas Snapp and Michael Olson, faculty members in Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Music, will arrange the processional music at the three ceremonies. Snapp will orchestrate and Olson will produce the recessional and celebration music at each ceremony.

The national anthem will be performed at the ceremonies by graduating student Gabriel J. Sell, Department of Theatre and Dance (9 a.m.), current student Matthew J. Ruff, Department of Music (noon), and current student Erika Dobie, Department of Music (3 p.m.).

Basil Ajuo, a member of the Board of Trustees for the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities, will greet the candidates. Chris Meyer, a 1990 Minnesota State Mankato 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 Latisha T. Townsend, Brooklyn Park, Minn., College of Arts and Humanities, and Faical Rayani, Tunisia, College of Science, Engineering and Technology.

Student speakers for the noon ceremony will be Tiana H. Dixon, Onalaska, Wis., College of Allied Health and Nursing, and Nawaf Morgan Alsugean, Saudi Arabia, College of Education.

Student speakers for the 3 p.m. ceremony will be Allison M. Theis, Saint Michael, Minn., College of Business, and David J. Johnson, Maple Grove, 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 14,712 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.

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