NDSU’s winter commencement is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 14, at 2 p.m. in the Sanford Health Athletic Complex. Approximately 730 of 1,089 eligible students are planning to participate in the ceremony.
“We are looking forward to celebrating the academic achievements of our newest graduates,”said Jackie Schluchter, associate registrar. “Commencement is a time-honored tradition exemplifying student success. The excitement and pride felt for what the students have accomplished gives reason for celebration.”
Graduating senior Aurora Obembe has been selected as class representative and will address her classmates and the audience. She isa native of Fargo, and is receiving her Bachelor of Science in nursing, with a minor in geological sciences.
Obembe was chosen as NDSU’s and North Dakota’s Student Nurse of the Year for 2017-2018. She was membership chair for the College of Health Professions Ambassadors and served on the boards of the Student Nurse Association of NDSU and the National Student Association of North Dakota. Her goal is to become a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner. Obembe was a student mentor for several NDSU nursing classes and labs, and she’d like to include teaching as a future endeavor. She is the daughter of Paul and Janice Obembe of Fargo.
Aspiring music educator Tyler Berg will serve as soloist during the ceremony. He is from Fargo, and will receive his Bachelor of Music in vocal music education. Berg studied voice under Robert Jones, professor of voice and opera, and conducting under Jo Ann Miller, University Distinguished Professor. He was a four-year member of Concert Choir and was the tenor section leader for two years. He was a featured soloist in the choral department’s annual production of Handel’s “Messiah,” and also was a member of the NDSU Madrigal Singers, NDSU Statesmen and BisonArts Singers.
In addition, alumnus Spencer Duin, BS ’65, will receive an honorary doctor of science.He is a recognized leader in the electrical industry, building a reputation for excellence during his distinguished 37-year career with Westinghouse and Eaton Corp.Duin is a trustee for the NDSU Foundation and Alumni Association and a member of the College of Engineering Advisory Council. He also established the Spencer G. and Carol A. Duin Endowment Fund to support Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering faculty. Duin, who retired in 2002, lives in Asheville, North Carolina.
For more information, visit the commencement webpage.
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