News Release

U of M President Eric Kaler to Address Class of 2017 during Commencement

By Elizabeth Tollefson on
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler will address the University of Minnesota Crookston Class of 2017 during commencement exercises on Saturday, May 6, 2017. This year’s commencement marks the close of a yearlong recognition of the 50th anniversary of the campus as an institution of higher education. President Eric KalerGraduates will take part in the ceremony, which begins at 2 p.m. in Lysaker Gymnasium. All are welcome to attend.

Since taking office in 2011, President Eric Kaler has focused on core priorities: academic excellence, access for qualified students, stewardship of tuition and public dollars, diversity and a welcoming and respectful campus climate, a world-class research enterprise that aligns with the needs of the state of Minnesota and its industries, and a deep commitment to public engagement and outreach, locally and globally.

A reception in the Northern Lights Lounge, Sargeant Student Center, precedes the commencement ceremony from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The public is welcome to attend both events; no tickets or parking permits are required. Additionally, a special reception for online graduates will be held at 10 a.m. in the Prairie Room, Sargent Student Center, and a reception for international student graduates will be held following commencement exercises at 4 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.

On Saturday at 2 p.m., the formal procession of faculty, candidates for degrees, and platform guests will begin from the Sargeant Student Center to the gymnasium led by Mace Bearer W. Daniel Svedarsky, professor and director of the Center for Sustainability. The procession also includes Faculty Marshal Sharon Stewart, associate professor in the Math, Science, and Technology Department.

Bringing greetings from the University of Minnesota Board of Regents is the Honorable Tom Anderson, Alexandria, Minn., who will also assist with the conferring of the degrees.

University of Minnesota, Crookston Alumni Association (UMCAA) Board President Eric Morgan 2012 will bring greetings from the UMCAA and welcome the new graduates to the alumni association. The U of M Crookston Community Band under the direction of TJ Chapman, lecturer in the Math, Science, and Technology Department, will perform along with selections during the ceremony by the campus choir under the direction of Associate Professor George French including “Like an Eagle” by Carl Strommen and “There’s a Hero” by Don Cook and John Jarvis.

Crookston Student Association (CSA) President Dalton Javner, a senior majoring in health sciences from Hardwick, Minn., will speak on behalf of the Class of 2017 and accept the torch of education, a Crookston campus tradition, as the incoming CSA president.

The 2017 commencement exercises mark the 109th graduating class to be recognized on the Crookston campus. A live audio stream of the commencement exercises will be available at

For more information, visit the commencement website at

The University of Minnesota Crookston now delivers 34 bachelor's degree programs, 22 minors, and 39 areas of emphasis on campus as well as 14 degree programs entirely online.  These degrees are offered in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit


Elizabeth Tollefson

University Relations