News Release

Commencement Exercises Set at U of M Crookston for Saturday, May 5, 2007; Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Russell Anderson to Give Commencement Address

By Krista Lemos, Elizabeth Tollefson on
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Chief Justice Russell A. Anderson
Chief Justice Russell A. Anderson

CROOKSTON, Minn. (April 17, 2007) – Commencement ceremonies at the University of Minnesota, Crookston (UMC) are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5, for the graduating class of 2007. Families, friends and community members are invited to attend the ceremonies being held at Lysaker Gymnasium on the UMC campus.


Some 120 students will participate in commencement, marking the 98th to take place on the Crookston campus. Bachelor of science, associate in applied science and associate in science degrees will be conferred upon graduates, subject to completion of all curriculum requirements.


University of Minnesota Regent Clyde Allen, Jr., will offer

Rich Stangle
Rich Stangle

greetings from the Board of Regents. Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Russell A. Anderson will give the commencement address. Chancellor Charles H. Casey and Regent Allen will confer the degrees. Thomas Baldwin, vice chancellor for academic and student affairs will present the candidates.


Crookston Student Association (CSA) President Rich Stangle, a graduating senior with a major in sport and recreational management with a minor in business, will speak on behalf of the student body offering inspirational and congratulatory remarks.

UMC Alumni Association President Dr. Kari Torkelson, will offer congratulations and welcome the class of 2007 into the alumni association.


Dr Kari Torkelson
Dr. Kari Torkelson

The 319th Air Refueling Wing from the Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D., will present the colors, and special music will be presented by the UMC Choir under the direction of George French.


The University of Minnesota, Crookston (UMC) delivers more than 25 applied-science undergraduate degree programs and 50 concentrations, including online degrees, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. UMC is dedicated to helping students and the region aim higher, reach further and dream bigger dreams. To learn more,