Commencement Exercises for the Class of 2010 at the U of M, Crookston on Saturday, May 8, 2010; Ceremony begins at 2 p.m. in Lysaker Gymnasium

Commencement exercises for the Class of 2010 at the University of Minnesota, Crookston will take place on Saturday, May 8, 2010. The ceremony begins at 2 p.m. in Lysaker Gymnasium.  A reception in the Northern Lights Lounge, Sargeant Student Center, will precede the commencement ceremony from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The public is welcome to attend both events; no tickets are required.

At 2 p.m., the formal procession of faculty, candidates for degrees, and platform guests will begin from the Sargeant Student Center to the gymnasium led by Mace Bearer William Peterson, professor in the Math, Science, and Technology Department. The procession also includes Faculty Marshal W. Daniel Svedarsky, Ph.D., professor and director of the Center for Sustainability on the Crookston Campus.

Bringing greetings from the University of Minnesota Board of Regents is the Honorable Dean Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Clack_J.jpgE. Johnson, who will also assist with the conferring of the degrees.  Along with Regent Johnson, Senior Vice President for System Academic Administration Robert Jones will attend the ceremony. The commencement address will be given by Baltimore, Md., Fire Chief James Clack (photo, right), a 1980 graduate of the U of M, Crookston, who was the primary commander during the first 24 hours following the 2007 collapse of the I-35 bridge in Minneapolis, Minn.

UMCAA_Bd_2010.JPGCindy Bigger (photo, left) '79, will bring greetings from the University of Minnesota, Crookston Alumni Association Board and welcome the new graduates to the alumni association.

Junior Thomas Haarstick (photo, right), Crookston Student Association (CSA) president,Haarstick_Thomas 0098.jpg will speak on behalf of the students and pass the torch of education, a Crookston Campus tradition, to Junior Shawn Friedland (photo, left), the incoming CSA president. Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Friedland_S.jpgHaarstick is an agricultural systems management major from Vergas, Minn., and Friedland is a biology major from Viera, Fla.

The U of M, Crookston choir, under the direction of George French, and the string ensemble, A Touch of Brass will perform as part of the graduation ceremony.

The 2010 commencement exercises mark the 102nd graduating class recognized on the Crookston campus. A live audio stream of the commencement exercises will be available at  
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Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 bachelor's degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture and natural resources; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,300 undergraduates, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit

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