• Commencement ceremony with former Chancellor Wood speaking.

Commencement 2016

Saturday, May 7, 2016

2016 Commencement Program Cover - Click to open PDF10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Reception for Online Graduates
Prairie Room, Sargeant Student Center

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Pre-Commencement Reception
Northern Lights Lounge, Sargeant Student Center
All friends and family are invited to both the reception and ceremony.

2:00 p.m.
Lysaker Gymnasium, Sports Center
2016 Commencement Program PDF File Icon
Watch it Live!

The doors to Lysaker Gymnasium
will open at approximately 1:00 p.m.

4:00 p.m.
Reception for International Graduates
Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center

These events are open to the public; no tickets are required.
There is no limit to the number of guests each graduate may have. All friends and family are invited to both the reception and ceremony.

Order Of Events

Order Of Events

Chancellor Fred E. Wood presiding


U of M Crookston Community Band
Conducted by Theodore Chapman, UMC Director of Bands

The audience will rise for the processional and remain standing for the National Anthem.

Processional “Pomp and Circumstance” by Edward Elgar U of M Crookston Community Band

The processional is led by the Mace-Bearer, W. Daniel Svedarsky, Ph.D. The procession includes
Faculty Marshal Lynnette Mullins, MEd, faculty, staff, candidates for degrees, and platform guests.

“The Star Spangled Banner” by Francis Scott Key U of M Crookston Community Band

Sung by the audience, led by degree candidate Ali Weisbrod.

Everyone may be seated.

Recognition of Veterans and Active Service Members Fred E. Wood, Ph.D., Chancellor
“If We Hold On Together” by James Horner and Will Jennings

U of M Crookston Choir

Directed by George French, Associate Professor of Music and Theater

Accompanied by Matthew Torgerson

Welcome Fred E. Wood, Ph.D., Chancellor
Greetings from the University of Minnesota Board of Regents The Honorable Darrin M. Rosha
University of Minnesota Board of Regents
Mandy Uhrich, Class of 2005
Minnesota DNR Wildlife Damage Extension Specialist

About this year's commencement speaker

Mandy Uhrich

Mandy Uhrich, a Grand Forks, N.D., native, is an outdoors advocate, professional angler, and wildlife damage extension specialist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. In her professional role, Uhrich assists private organizations, citizens, commercial agricultural producers, and all wildlife staff throughout the state of Minnesota experiencing wildlife damage problems. She is a 2005 graduate of the University of Minnesota Crookston in natural resources and lives among the lakes in Central Minnesota. When she is not at work, she is on the water. In 2016, Uhrich will fish some 30 tournaments, speak at seminars on fishing, and volunteer time encouraging women and girls in the outdoors.

Presentation of Candidates Barbara Keinath, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Introduction of Candidates Lynnette Mullins, M.Ed.
Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts and Education Department
Conferring of Degrees The Honorable Darrin M. Rosha
Congratulatory Remarks from the Alumni Association Alisha Aasness, Class of 2012
President, University of Minnesota Crookston Alumni Association
Speaking for the Student Body Tareyn Stomberg
Crookston Student Association President
Passing of the Torch Tareyn Stomberg to Dalton Javner
Crookston Student Association President-Elect
“Cantate Hodie! Sing on this Day” by John Purifoy
U of M Crookston Choir
Closing Comments Fred E. Wood, Ph.D.

The audience will rise for the Minnesota Hymn and remain standing for the recessional.
"Hail! Minnesota" Sung by the audience
(words on inside of back cover of program)
Accompanied by the U of M Crookston Choir
Recessional - "The Minnesota March" by John Philip Sousa U of M Crookston Community Band

The audience is requested to remain in their seats
until the recessional has left the gymnasium.

2016 Candidates

2016 Candidates

Baccalaureate Degrees will be conferred upon those listed below, subject to the completion of all curriculum requirements.

2016 Candidates for Graduation PDF File Icon

Student Marshals

Student Marshals

Members of Alpha Lambda Delta -- First Year Honor Society or the National Society of Leadership and Success

Lee Borgerding

Reanne Erickson

Zachary Greenberg

Bryanna Grefthen

Kaycie Hagen

McKenzie Harris

Ashlee Humble

Alyssa Muelken

Live Video Stream

Live Video Stream

The University of Minnesota, Crookston 2016 Commencement will be streamed LIVE via the web.  The ceremony will also be available to download and view after May 11, 2016. 

Commencement Photographs

Commencement Photographs

The University of Minnesota Crookston has contacted a studio to take photographs of graduates at UMC's Commencement on Saturday, May 7, 2016. Posed photos will be taken from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Bede Ballroom A and B, Sargeant Student Center.

The photographer can take posed photos before the ceremony of the graduate, and the graduate with family and/or friends. There is no charge, or sitting fee, to take the posed photo. Your only charge is when photos are ordered. The only thing the photographer needs is your name to take the photo. There is NO obligation to order any photos.

Information sheets and sample photos will be available for viewing in the UMC Bookstore located in the Sargeant Student Center.

About a week after graduation, photo previews will be available for viewing through the photographer's website at: www.imagebji.com. You order photos directly from the photographer's studio. Any graduate, parent or relative can go on the site to view proofs and place an order. Image Photography has many different portrait products you may order from their site.

You may contact Image Photography with questions on orders at 218-751-8308, or 1-800-477-7068 or image@imagebji.com

Information sheets and sample photos PDF Icon are available for viewing in the UMC Bookstore located in Sargeant Student Center.

Please note: audience members should avoid crowding the stage or aisle ways throughout the ceremony.

Requesting Accommodations Related to a Disability

Requesting Accommodations Related to a Disability

If you have family members attending the May 7, 2016 ceremony who use wheelchairs, walkers, scooters, canes, or cannot climb bleacher stairs, you are encouraged to arrange for accessible floor seating. A graduate may request to have up to THREE seats reserved for family members, but if you don’t need them, please leave them for others who do.

Reserved seating will be opened at 1:00 and held until 1:45 at which time persons without tickets may be seated in the area.

To request reserved seating, email your name (graduate), the number of reserved seats needed, and a campus or home address where tickets can be sent to Gail Myers at myers062@umn.edu or 218-281-8587 by April 15.

Tickets for reserved seating will be sent out to the campus or specified address on or before May 4.

Commencement Instructions

Commencement Instructions

2016 Almost Alumni Student Guide to Graduation

2016 Almost Alumni Student Guide to Graduation

Commencement Planning Committee

Commencement Planning Committee

Thanks go the following faculty and staff who served on the 2016 Commencement Committee:

  • Mark Belanger
  • Brenda Bozyk
  • Leann Butt
  • Tom Feiro
  • George French
  • Dalton Javner
  • Gail Myers
  • Ken Myers
  • John Normandin
  • Melissa Parkin
  • Barb Phaiah
  • Dennis Regan
  • Lisa Samuelson
  • Tareyn Stomberg
  • Andrew Svec (Chair)
  • Elizabeth Tollefson
  • Terry Tollefson
  • Rose Ulseth
  • Val Uttermark
  • Chris Winjum

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