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Kapashesit graduates from Macalester

Ajuawak Kapashesit, the son of Winona LaDuke of Ponsford, Minnesota, graduated from Macalester College on Saturday, May 18. Kapashesit received a liberal arts degree in Linguistics.  Kapashesit is a graduate of Detroit Lakes High School.

Commencement ceremonies included an academic procession led by the Macalester Pipe Band, flag bearers representing 46 countries of the 66 graduating international seniors plus the U.S. and U.N. flags, faculty in academic robes and the 534 seniors.

Lawyer, author and legal expert Jeffrey Toobin, a senior analyst for CNN Worldwide and a staff writer at The New Yorker, delivered the commencement speech for the 2013 Macalester College graduation ceremony. Abas Noor was the senior class speaker. Noor, born in Somalia and raised in New Hope, Minn., was a Biology/Biochemistry major and Chemistry minor, with a Community and Global Health concentration.

This year’s honorary degree recipient, Janet Beckmann, has published two books on nursing malpractice and was dean of the University of Alabama-Huntsville’s School of Nursing before working as a consultant in the field to advance health care quality.