May 5: Spring 2018 Commencement Ceremonies

Saturday, May 5, 2018
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
First ceremony

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 Mankato, Minn. – Approximately 1,600 Minnesota State University, Mankato students participated in three spring commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 5 in Taylor Center’s Bresnan Arena. The ceremonies were held at 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m.

Students in the colleges of Arts & Humanities and Science, Engineering & Technology tooj part in the 9 a.m. ceremony; those in the colleges of Allied Health & Nursing and Education participated in the noon event; and students in the colleges of Business and Social & Behavioral Sciences participated in the 3 p.m. ceremony.

Candidates for graduate degrees graduated with the college of their affiliation.

Live-streaming captioning services was provided for each ceremony.

Douglas Snapp and Michael Olson, faculty members in Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Music, arranged the processional music at the three ceremonies. Snapp orchestrated and Olson produced the recessional and celebration music at each ceremony.

The national anthem was performed at the ceremonies by graduating student Gabriel J. Sell, Department of Theatre and Dance (9 a.m.), current student Matthew J. Ruff, Department of Music (noon), and current student Erika Dobie, Department of Music (3 p.m.).

Basil Ajuo, a member of the Board of Trustees for the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities, greeted the candidates. Chris Meyer, a 1990 Minnesota State Mankato graduate and president of the Minnesota State Mankato Alumni Association, welcomed new graduates to the association. President Richard Davenport presented diplomas to the new graduates.

Student speakers for the 9 a.m. ceremony were Latisha T. Townsend, Brooklyn Park, Minn., College of Arts and Humanities, and Faical Rayani, Tunisia, College of Science, Engineering and Technology.

Student speakers for the noon ceremony were Tiana H. Dixon, Onalaska, Wis., College of Allied Health and Nursing, and Nawaf Morgan Alsugean, Saudi Arabia, College of Education.

Student speakers for the 3 p.m. ceremony were Allison M. Theis, Saint Michael, Minn., College of Business, and David J. Johnson, Maple Grove, Minn., College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

More information about the Minnesota State Mankato spring commencement is at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,712 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.

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