Commencement 2008

Saturday, May 3
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Pre-Commencement Reception
Northern Lights Lounge, Student Center

All friends and family are invited to both the reception and ceremony.

2:00 p.m.
Commencement
Speaker – Patricia Simmons, Chair, University of Minnesota Board of Regents
Lysaker Gymnasium, Sports Center
2008 Commencement Program PDF File Icon

These events are open to the public and no tickets are required.
There is no limit to the number of guests that each graduate may have.
The doors will open at approximately 1:00 pm.

Order of Events

Order of Events

  • Prelude: “A Touch of Brass” Ensemble
  • *Processional: “Pomp and Circumstance” by Edward Elgar 
  • At two p.m., the processional will enter Lysaker Gymnasium led by the Mace-Bearer, William Peterson. The procession includes Faculty Marshal, Wendell Johnson, the faculty, candidates for degrees, and platform guests. The audience will rise for the processional and remain standing for the National Anthem.
  • *Presentation of Colors: AFROTC Detachment 610 Color Guard
  • *National Anthem: “The Star Spangled Banner” sung by “Eagle Four” (Kevin Anderson, Micah Meyer, Timothy Unke, Ryan Worstall)
  • “Shines for All to See” Official song of the Minnesota Sesquicentennial – by Dean Sorenson; performed by the UMC Choir directed by George French, Associate Professor of Music/Theatre, accompanied by Michelle Ramstad and Jordan McCormick
  • Welcome: Charles H. Casey, D.V.M., Chancellor
  • Greetings from the University of Minnesota Administration: Robert Jones, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for System Academic Administration
  • Address: The Honorable Patricia Simmons, M.D., Chair, University of Minnesota Board of Regents, Director of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology and Professor of Pediatrics, Mayo Medical School and Mayo Clinic
  • Presentation of Candidates: Thomas Baldwin, Ed.D., Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic/Student Affairs
  • Conferring of Degrees: The Honorable Patricia Simmons, Regent
  • Introduction of Candidates: Lynnette Mullins, M.Ed., Assistant Professor, Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Department
  • “Allegro Spirited” by Franz Joseph Haydn performed by the UMC String Quartet (Vanessa Armstrong, Melissa Dingmann, Kaarina Visness and Joyana Wardrip)
  • Congratulatory Remarks from Alumni Association: Cindy Bigger, Class of 1979, Vice President, University of Minnesota, Crookston, Alumni Association
  • Speaking for the Class: Katie Jeremiason, Crookston Student Association President
  • Passing the Torch: Katie Jeremiason to Marshall Johnson, Crookston Student Association President-elect
  • "The Power of Hope” by Carole Stephens – UMC Choir
  • *Minnesota Hymn: "Hail! Minnesota" sung by the audience (words on back page)
  • Note: Please remain in your seats until the recessional has left the gymnasium.
  • *Recessional: “A Touch of Brass” Ensemble

*The audience is requested to stand

2008 Candidates for Graduation

2008 Candidates for Graduation

Degrees will be conferred upon those listed below, subject to the completion of all curriculum requirements.

2008 Candidates for Graduation PDF File Icon

Student Marshals

Student Marshals

Members of Alpha Lambda Delta -- First Year Honor Society

Heather Donati-Lewis
Bradley Kappes
Elizabeth Kern
Kimberly Kuehn
Jaclyn Otterson
Becky Powell
Kaarina Visness
Mallory Watson

Commencement Photographs

Commencement Photographs

A professional photographer has been contracted to take individual photos of graduates before and during the May 2008 commencement ceremony. All graduates are encouraged to have an optional posed photograph taken in Sahlstrom Conference Center prior to the commencement ceremony in Lysaker Gymnasium. The photographer will also take a photo of each candidate as he or she receives the diploma folder from the Chancellor at the ceremony. A few weeks after the ceremony, a proof of these photos and an order form will be mailed to each graduate. At that time, you may order photos from the photographer. Please note: audience members should avoid crowding the stage or aisle ways throughout the ceremony.

Requesting Accommodations related to a Disability

Requesting Accommodations related to a Disability

Requesting Accommodations related to a Disability

Graduates or friends and family members of graduates who have questions related to disability accommodations for Commencement ’08 are asked to contact Laurie Wilson in the UMC Office for Students with Disabilities. Persons with questions or accommodation needs may call 218-281-8587. UMC generally has 10 accessible parking spaces available in the vicinity of Lysaker, ample floor space for wheelchairs, scooters and walkers, opens the doors to the gymnasium at 1:00 in time to accommodate preferential seating needs, and has secured an ASL Interpreter for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing. If your concerns are not addressed with these accommodations, please contact Laurie Wilson promptly!

Almost Alumni Student Guide to Graduation

Almost Alumni Student Guide to Graduation