BY ERICA ANDERSON
For graduating seniors, only a few finals, a couple papers and commencement stands between them and their long-awaited diplomas declaring their last four (or five or six) years of late nights and hard work were worth the while.
For the spring and summer session, about 875 students are graduating. According to Shawn Soderberg, assistant registrar, on May 13, 650-675 students will switch their tassels from right to left and be declared college graduates.
â€¢ The graduation ceremonies will be held in the Nemzek Fieldhouse.
â€¢ The commencement program for the colleges of social and natural sciences, business and industry and the university college will begin at 10 a.m.
â€¢ Matt Von Pinnon will be the speaker for this program. He is an alumnus of MSUM and the editor of The Forum of Fargo.
â€¢ The college of education and human services and arts and humanities will start at 2 p.m.
â€¢ Program speaker will be novelist Leif Enger. He is an alumnus of MSUM with a bachelorâ€™s degree in English and mass communications.
â€¢ Each ceremony is expected to last an hour and a half.
â€¢ All university parking lots will be open on commencement day â€” lots will not be ticketed. Street parking will be available as posted.
â€¢ Diplomas are not given at the commencement ceremony. A holder will be handed to students but the actual diploma will arrive by mail after grades are finalized â€” approximately eight weeks after graduation.
â€¢ For family and friends who cannot attend the ceremony, a webcast of the ceremony can be viewed at www.mnstate.edu/dragonradio.
â€¢ University communications will send a news release announcing graduating students to studentâ€™s hometown newspapers.
â€¢ A professional photographer will take studentâ€™s pictures as they shake hands with the college president. Proofs will be mailed to studentâ€™s permanent addresses two weeks after the ceremony. The photos can be ordered online at www.gradimages.com or by calling 1.800.261.2576
Contact Shawn Soderberg in the records office for more information at 218.477.2566 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.