• commencement stage May 6, 2017

Commencement 2017

Friday, May 5, 2017

6:00 to 8:00 p.m. - Salute to Diverse Graduates
Evergreen Grill, Evergreen Hall
All friends, family, faculty and staff are invited to this event.

9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. - Grad Dance
Hosted by the Crookston Eagles Club, 105 S Broadway, Crookston
All ages are welcome. $5 cover charge.

2017 Commencement Program Cover - Click to openSaturday, May 6, 2017

10:00 to 11:00 a.m. - Reception for Online Students - group photo at 11:00 a.m.
Prairie Room, Sargeant Student Center

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. -Pre-Commencement Reception for the Class of 2017
Northern Lights Lounge, Sargeant Student Center
All friends and family are invited to both the receptions and the ceremony.

2:00 to 4:00 p.m. - Commencement Ceremonies
Lysaker Gymnasium, Sports Center
The doors to Lysaker Gymnasium will open at approximately 1:00 p.m.

A live video stream of commencement exercises will be available.

4:00 to 5:00 p.m. - Reception for International Graduates
Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center

All 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

Commencement Program – Order of Events - Ceremonies begin at 2 p.m. in Lysaker Gymnasium, UMC Sports Center


Prelude 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 Mace-Bearer W. Daniel Svedarsky, PhD. The procession includes Faculty Marshal Sharon Stewart, PhD, 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 candidates Logan Anderson and Mary Riestenberg

Everyone may be seated.

Recognition of Veterans and Active Service Members
Barbara Keinath, PhD, Interim Chancellor

“Like an Eagle” by Carl Strommen
U of M Crookston Choir Directed by George French, Associate Professor of Music and Theater
Accompanied by Amy Lubarski

Barbara Keinath, PhD

Greetings from the University of Minnesota Board of Regents
The Honorable Thomas Anderson, University of Minnesota Board of Regents

Address - Eric W. Kaler, PhD President, University of Minnesota

Presentation of Candidates
Soo-Yin Lim-Thompson, PhD, Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Introduction of Candidates
Danielle Johannesen, PhD, Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts and Education Department

Conferring of Degrees
The Honorable Thomas Anderson

Congratulatory Remarks from the Alumni Association
Eric Morgan, Class of 2012, President, University of Minnesota Crookston Alumni Association

Speaking for the Student Body
Dalton Javner, Crookston Student Association President

Acceptance of the Torch
Dalton Javner

"There’s a Hero” by Don Cook and John Jarvis
U of M Crookston Choir

Closing Comments
Barbara Keinath, PhD

The audience will rise for the Minnesota Hymn and remain standing for the recessional.

"Hail! Minnesota"
Sung by the audience
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.

2017 Candidates

2017 Candidates

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

View the list of candidates for graduation at Commencement Ceremonies for the Class of 2017. PDF File Icon

Student Marshals

Student Marshals

Members of Alpha Lambda Delta -- First Year Honor Society, the National Society of Leadership and Success, and the Crookston Student Association

Summer Billings, Hana DeMartelaere, Raine Foy, Bryanna Grefthen, Kaycie Hagen, Tori Hill, Mikayla Jones, Ben Koisti

Live Video Stream

Live Video Stream

The University of Minnesota Crookston 2017 Commencement will be streamed LIVE via the web.  The ceremony will also be available to download and view after May 12, 2017. 

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 6, 2017. 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 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 6, 2017 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 FOUR 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 may be picked up in the Disability Resource Center or mailed, please specify when requesting.

Tickets for reserved seating will be sent out to the campus or specified address on or before May 3.

Commencement Instructions

Commencement Instructions

Dress Code

Commencement is a formal ceremony that recognizes the academic achievements of our graduates. The traditional academic cap and gown are worn by graduates and faculty. The cap is to be worn with the top parallel to the floor. The tassel is worn over the right temple until the degrees are conferred. All students participating in commencement are expected to dress in a manner that is in keeping with the occasion.

    • Men: slacks (no jeans or shorts) with a collared dress shirt with tie
    • Women: slacks (no jeans or shorts) with a blouse or a dress
    • Candidates will march and stand a good part of the time; thus, low-heeled, comfortable dress shoes are recommended. DO NOT wear sneakers or beach sandals or flip-flops.
    • Honor Cords (distributed by the Registrar’s Office) denoting graduation with Distinction or High Distinction are the only adornments allowed. No other cords, sashes, scarves or medallions are allowed.
    • No decorations or writing should appear on the cap or gown (such as, but not limited to, glitter, rhinestones, tape, paint, etc.). Any student who has added anything extra to their cap or gown will be asked to remove it or be expected to purchase a new cap and/or gown to wear for the ceremony.
    • Since there are no secure areas to leave personal belongings (jackets, purses, bags, etc.), you should give these items to a friend or family member to hold for you until after the ceremony.o leave and will not be allowed to participate in the commencement ceremony.

Anyone under the influence of alcohol or other drugs will be asked to leave and will not be allowed to participate in the commencement ceremony.

The Assembly Process

Degree candidates should report to the Eagle’s Nest in the Sahlstrom Conference Center (in case of rain, report directly to the gym in the Wellness Center) no later than 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, where you will pick up your name card from one of the student marshals (those wearing maroon gowns). If you wish, you may write your phonetic spelling on this card. Do not lose this card. As you cross the stage during the ceremony, you will hand your name card to the name reader who will announce your name. Please do your part to assist the student marshals in forming the line of march. Degree candidates will line up (in random order) in the hallway between the Northern Lights Lounge (in front of the UMC Bookstore), Eagle’s Nest, and Sahlstrom Conference Center. After you are lined up, please await the direction of the marshals to join the procession. Since time is limited and the procession must start moving by 1:53 p.m., it is important that you arrive on time. Individuals arriving late may be excluded from the processional and ceremony.

Instructions for Receiving Diploma

A student marshal will usher you to the stage to receive your diploma. Hand your name card (which you received from the student marshal before the ceremony) to the name reader at the top of the steps. After your name has been read, proceed across the stage to receive your diploma. No “selfies” are allowed to be taken on stage. After receiving the diploma, all candidates will return via the middle aisle to the same row in which they were originally seated (see diagram below). Please be seated.

1. Degree candidates must remain standing until after the National Anthem.
2. Male degree candidates must remove caps for the National Anthem. Watch the platform guests to see when they remove and replace their caps.
3. All degree candidates will receive a name card from the student marshal before the ceremony which will be handed to the reader on stage when they go to receive their diploma. Do not walk across the stage until your name has been read.
4. For the recessional, follow the student marshal out the north door of the gym.

Please note the ceremony diagram in the PDF document below.

Commencement Instructions for Students 2017  PDF File Icon

2017 Almost Alumni Student Guide to Graduation

2017 Almost Alumni Student Guide to Graduation

Commencement Planning Committee

Commencement Planning Committee

Major events don't "just happen." They are the result of planning and preparation by a number of individuals. Thanks go the following faculty and staff who served on the 2017 Commencement Committee:

  • Brenda Bozyk
  • Leann Butt
  • Paige Clark
  • Tom Feiro
  • George French
  • Jessica Hanson
  • Dalton Javner
  • Gail Myers
  • Ken Myers
  • John Normandin
  • Barb Phaiah
  • Daine Rapacz
  • Lisa Samuelson
  • Tareyn Stomberg
  • Andrew Svec, Chair
  • Elizabeth Tollefson
  • Terry Tollefson
  • Rose Ulseth
  • Val Uttermark
  • Chris Winjum

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