An estimated 1,057 students are eligible to participate in NDSU winter commencement ceremonies set for Friday, Dec. 18, in Festival Concert Hall.
Four ceremonies are scheduled throughout the day, including
• 10 a.m. – College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and College of Human Development and Education
• Noon – College of Engineering, Interdisciplinary Studies (graduate level) and College of University Studies
• 2 p.m. – College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources and College of Health Professions
• 4 p.m. – College of Business and College of Science and Mathematics
“We look forward to recognizing and celebrating our graduates at each of the ceremonies," said Rhonda Kitch, NDSU registrar. "They have worked hard to reach this milestone and we are proud of their accomplishments.”
Seniors Richard Schrom and Jackie Wrage were selected to address their fellow students as class representatives. Schrom will speak and also be the featured soloist at the 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. events, while Wrage will speak during the noon and 4 p.m. ceremonies. Soloist Alyssa Impullitti is set to perform at noon and 4 p.m.
Schrom will receive his Bachelor of Music in vocal music education. An exceptional bass-baritone, he has performed in more than 80 concerts with the NDSU Concert Choir, Madrigal Singers and Bison Arts Singers. Schrom consistently has placed highly in the Minnesota and North Dakota National Association of Teachers of Singing Student Auditions, and was a semifinalist in the association's national YouTube performances. He also was secretary of the NDSU chapter of the Student College Music Society.
Schrom's hometown is Little Canada, Minnesota, and he graduated from Roseville Area High School. He plans to teach high school music next fall and eventually pursue his master's degree and doctorate in choral conducting. He is the son of Rich and Carla Schrom.
Wrage, who will receive her Bachelor of Science in geology, is regarded as an outstanding student and researcher. She grew up in Gwinner, North Dakota, and graduated from North Sargent High School. She is the daughter of Adam and Nancy Wrage.
Wrage earned a prestigious Fulbright grant to study at the University of Chile in Santiago and help with geothermal energy research focusing on areas around two volcanoes in southern South America. She also worked with the NDSU Wet Ecosystem Research Group and conducted her own research project on nanoparticle-treated wheat plants.
Wrage is a member of the College of Science and Mathematics Ambassadors, Geology Club and Chemistry Club. In addition, she earned the Allan C. Ashworth Scholarship, which recognizes the geology senior with the highest academic standing. She plans to pursue a graduate degree in geochemistry and mineralogy.
Impullitti is originally from South Lyon, Michigan, and is a third-year student studying a double major in vocal music education and instrumental music education. She participates in the NDSU Concert Choir and Madrigal Singers, and has performed in opera and other vocal ensembles. Impullitti has received high rankings at the National Association for Teachers of Singing competitions in both North Dakota and Minnesota, as well as the national competition. Impullitti also is an active percussionist, and has participated in percussion ensemble, indoor drum line, Gold Star drum line and the University Band.
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