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Local students to graduate from MSUM May 17

MOORHEAD — Minnesota State University Moorhead will award degrees to about 850 students during its spring commencement program Friday, May 17 in the university's Nemzek Fieldhouse. The 10 a.m. ceremony will include graduates from the College of Education and Human Services, the College of Science, Health and the Environment, and Graduate Studies.

Local students who will be receiving their degrees during the event include the following:

• Hesston Bachmann, a 2015 graduate of Frazee-Vergas High School, Bachelor of Arts;

• Morgan Bowers, a 2012 graduate of Lake Park-Audubon High School, Bachelor of Science;

• Hannah Brady, a 2014 graduate of Frazee-Vergas High School, Bachelor of Science;

• Timothy Brekken, a 2015 graduate of Lake Park-Audubon High School. Bachelor of Science;

• Pamela Cummings, Master of Science;

• Austin Dodd, a 2015 graduate of Detroit Lakes High School, Bachelor of Science;

• Julie Fanfulik, a 2012 graduate of Fisher Secondary School, Specialist Degree;

• Hanna Gedrose, a 2014 graduate of Detroit Lakes High School, Bachelor of Science (with magna cum laude honors);

• Katie Grosz, a 2012 graduate of Detroit Lakes High School, Master of Science;

• Lindsey Heinecke, a 2015 Detroit Lakes High School, Bachelor of Science (with cum laude academic honors);

• Courtney Henderson, Specialist Degree;

• Megan Hilfer, a 2015 graduate of Lake Park-Audubon High School, Bachelor of Science (with magna cum laude academic honors);

• Jonathan Hoffner, a 2015 graduate of Mahnomen High School, Bachelor of Science;

• Erika Jenson, a 2010 graduate of Detroit Lakes High School, Bachelor of Science ;

• Grant Jepson, a 2016 graduate of Frazee-Vergas High School, Bachelor of Science; Summa Cum Laude

• Josie Kubiak, a 2015 graduate of Ulen-Hitterdal Jr.-Sr. High School, Bachelor of Science;

• Melissa Larson, a 2015 graduate of Detroit Lakes High School, Bachelor of Science;

• Jennifer Lepisto, a 2014 graduate of Langdon High School, Bachelor of Social Work;

• Ava Lipari, a 2015 graduate of Fargo North High School, Bachelor of Science (with cum laude academic honors);

• Deanna Moen, a 2013 graduate of Cambridge-Isanti High School, Bachelor of Arts;

• Kaitlyn Murphy, a 2015 graduate of Detroit Lakes High School, Bachelor of Science (with summa cum laude academic honors);

• Lindsey Olson, a 2014 graduate of Lake Park-Audubon High School, , Bachelor of Science (with summa cum laude academic honors);

• Aleda Pikkaraine, a 2006 graduate of Sebeka High School, Bachelor of Arts;

• Brittany Rislund, a 2013 graduate of Lake Park-Audubon High School, Bachelor of Science;

• Lahren Sandford, a 2011 graduate of Detroit Lakes High School, Bachelor of Science;

• Sarah Schumacher, a 2016 graduate of Detroit Lakes High School, Bachelor of Science;

• Kristina Smith, a 2011 graduate of Frazee-Vergas High School, Bachelor of Science;

• Kody Thronson, a 2011 graduate of Moorhead High School, Bachelor of Arts;

• Austin Torma, a 2015 graduate of Frazee-Vergas High School, Bachelor of Science;

• Kyliegh Van Den Eykel, a 2015 graduate of Frazee-Vergas High School, Bachelor of Social Work (with summa cum laude academic honors);

• Matthew Vene a 2012 graduate of Detroit Lakes High School, Bachelor of Science;

• Baileigh Wagenman, a 2016 graduate of New York Mills Jr.-Sr. High School, Bachelor of Science;

• Sophie Wood, a 2015 graduate of Detroit Lakes High School, Bachelor of Arts.

For parking and driving directions to the campus, please visit www.mnstate.edu/admissions/drivingdirections.aspx. A live stream of commencement ceremonies will be available on May 17 at www.mnstate.edu/registrar/graduation, and you can Tweet congratulations to the graduates using the hashtag #MSUM2019.

White Earth's Baird graduates at U of M

MINNEAPOLIS — The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) joined the University of Minnesota on Sunday, April 28, to celebrate the graduation of this year's students who received scholarships from the SMSC.

MIllie Baird of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe was among the 13 scholarship recipients, representing 12 tribes from across North America, who comprised the ninth graduating class of SMSC scholarship winners.

The SMSC Endowed Scholarship program supports talented Native American students with financial need who are seeking undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Minnesota. This year's recipients are graduating from University of Minnesota campuses in Duluth, Morris and the Twin Cities, with degrees ranging from ecology to social work.

At the graduation celebration, students and their families joined SMSC and University of Minnesota representatives at McNamara Alumni Center in Minneapolis. There, remarks were given by SMSC scholarship recipient, Kelly Nayquonabe, along with leaders from the University of Minnesota and SMSC. Afterwards graduates were honored with star quilts from the tribe.

"Many talented Native American students face barriers to receiving their education," said SMSC Vice-Chairman Anderson during his congratulatory remarks. "Our tribe established this scholarship program to make sure that deserving students — like the ones graduating this year — have the chance to break down those barriers and become the next generation of leaders in our community."

The SMSC Endowed Scholarship program was established through a $2.5 million gift to the University of Minnesota from the SMSC. The SMSC donated an additional $500,000 to the scholarship program in 2017. The gift leveraged a former university matching program that doubles the impact of the gift to students. Since the program began in 2009, more than 200 students have received this scholarship. This year 69 scholarship recipients are enrolled, representing more than 40 tribal nations across the United States.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 18-plus years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Detroit Lakes School Board. 

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