Graduate and alumna to speak at commencement
On May 11, commencement speakers senior Jacey Peterson and alumna Amy Leonard will address Minot State University's Vision 2013 Strategy 6: "Creating a Commitment to Civic Engagement, Service and the Common Good."
MSU graduate students will participate in a hooding ceremony at 8 a.m. in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall. The commencement ceremony for graduate and undergraduate students will begin in the Dome at 10 a.m.
Peterson, a Carpio native, completed a Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in business. She is graduating summa cum laude with a 3.964 cumulative grade point average. She earned several scholarships and received the 2012 National Business Education Award of Merit. While a student, she was a Habitat for Humanity volunteer.
Leonard graduated from MSU in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts in business administration. The Minot native is the senior vice president of product development and sourcing at Levi Strauss & Company for Levi'sŪ Global Men's. She represents the company in public and educational forums speaking on sustainability and has spoken on Capitol Hill to politicians on the impact of climate change on the supply chain.
In keeping with the commencement ceremony's theme, honored guests include representatives from Minot Air Force Base, the American Red Cross and the North Dakota National Guard. Those entities supported Minot and the region during the 2011 Souris River Flood.
Terry Hjelmstad, a retired Minot educator and administrator, is representing the State Board of Higher Education. Appointed to the board in 2011, Hjelmstad's term expires June 30, 2015.
For additional information about the commencement ceremony, contact Rebecca Porter, registrar, at 858-3126 or firstname.lastname@example.org.