MSU-BSC honors graduates
Graduates of the Minot State University-Bismarck site celebrated commencement May 16 at Bismarck's Radisson Hotel. The inaugural reception in 2009 celebrated the achievements of 29 graduates; this year, that number has nearly doubled to 46 graduates. Melissa Spelchen, MSU criminal justice instructor, served as the mistress of ceremonies.
"Making the student feel important without the original campus environment is key to the success of the university's extended learning programs. It is also important for the student's motivation, success and completion of their degree," Spelchen said. "The MSU at Bismarck graduation reception, started by Dr. (Kristen) Warmoth, CEL dean, and Bobbi Jo Zueger, student services coordinator, is the culmination of this whole process. The level of sincerity in the reception's speakers, as it applies to the pride for the graduates' commitment, achievements and their families, is unparalleled. It is a wonderful celebration to be a part of."
MSU's Center for Extended Learning, which offers six programs through the Bismarck State College campus, assists the university in offering programs and learning opportunities which promote excellence and engagement. These programs include criminal justice, marketing, management, addiction studies, psychology and social work. CEL's mission is to provide flexible, accessible and quality lifelong learning opportunities.