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U of M, Crookston Commencement Exercises Saturday, May 3 at 2 p.m., in Lysaker Gymnasium
April 24, 2008

Contact: Laurie Wilson, chair, commencement committee, 218-281-8587 (, Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (

Patricia Simmons, M.D.
Patricia Simmons, M.D.
Crookston, Minn. (April 24, 2008) – Graduation has been slated for the Class of 2008, on Saturday, May 3, 2008, at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. A pre-commencement reception will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Student Center Northern Lights Lounge. Commencement will begin at 2 p.m., in Lysaker Gymnasium in the Sports Center. All friends and family are invited to both the reception and ceremony.

The Honorable Patricia Simmons, M.D., chair of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents will give the commencement address entitled “More Lies Ahead.” Simmons is a physician and professor of pediatrics at the Mayo Medical School in the Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Crookston Student Association President Katie Jeremiason, Marshall, Minn., a graduating senior with a major in business
Katie Jeremiason
Katie Jeremiason
management with emphases in management and marketing and a minor in communication, will speak on behalf of the student body offering inspirational and congratulatory remarks. U of M, Crookston Alumni Association Vice President Cindy Bigger will welcome the Class of 2008 into the alumni association.

The U.S. Air Force ROTC Det. 610, North Dakota State University and University of North Dakota, will present the colors, and special music will be presented by the U of M, Crookston choir under the direction of George French.

The 2008 commencement exercises mark the 99th to take place on the Crookston campus, an event which also honors Minnesota’s Sesquicentennial celebration. For more information on commencement activities, contact Wilson at 218-281-8587 (

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