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University of Minnesota, Crookston Celebrates 101st Graduating Class on Saturday, May 9, 2009, During Commencement Exercises; Pre-commencement Reception from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Student Center; Ceremony at 2 p.m. in Lysaker Gymnasium
April 23, 2009

What: Commencement Exercises

When: Saturday, May 9, 2009, at 2 p.m.

Contact: Andrew Svec, director of communication, 218-281-8434 (asvec@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)


Commencement exercises for the Class of 2009 at the University of Minnesota, Crookston are scheduled for Saturday, May 9, 2009. A pre-commencement reception will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Sargeant 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.

Senior Vice President for System Academic Administration Robert J. Jones
Senior Vice President for System Academic Administration Robert J. Jones
Senior Vice President for System Academic Administration Robert J. Jones will give the commencement address. He has held administrative positions at the University for the past 20 years including his current position as the senior vice president responsible for all academic administration and outreach throughout the state and the University system, including day-to-day management for the campuses in Crookston, Duluth, Morris, and Rochester.

At 2 p.m., the formal procession of faculty, candidates for degrees, and platform guests will be led by Mace Bearer William Peterson, professor in the Math, Science, and Technology Department. The procession also includes Faculty Marshal Bernard Selzler, Ed.D., professor in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Department. Bringing greetings from the University of Minnesota Board of Regents is the Honorable Clyde Allen, Jr., vice chair of the board, who will also assist with the conferring of the degrees.

Crookston Student Association President Marshall Johnson, Pomona,Calif., a
Crookston Student Association President Marshall Johnson
Crookston Student Association President Marshall Johnson
graduating senior with a major in business management, will speak on behalf of the student body. The new Century Torch, representing the flame of education and a longstanding tradition at the U of M, Crookston, will be passed from Johnson to incoming student body president Thomas Haarstick, an agricultural systems management major from Vergas, Minn.

U of M, Crookston Alumni Association President Cindy Bigger, ’79, will welcome the Class of 2009 into the alumni association.

U of M, Crookston Alumni Association President Cindy Bigger, ’79
U of M, Crookston Alumni Association President Cindy Bigger, ’79
The U.S. Air Force ROTC Det. 610 from the University of North Dakota will present the colors, and Senior Deborah Halstad, Fertile, Minn., will lead the singing of the Star Spangled Banner.

The U of M, Crookston choir, under the direction of George French, and the string ensemble, A Touch of Brass will perform as part of the graduation ceremony.
 
The 2008 commencement exercises mark the 101st graduating class recognized on the Crookston campus. Listen to the live audio stream of the commencement exercises.  For more information on commencement, visit www.umcrookston.edu/events/commencement/2009.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 applied-science undergraduate degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. To learn more, visit www.UMCrookston.edu.