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NDSU winter commencement to be virtual ceremony


NDSU's 2020 winter commencement celebration will be held online. It is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 18, at 10 a.m.

NDSU’s winter commencement will be a virtual event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ceremony is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 18, at 10 a.m., and can be viewed at NDSU’s commencement website. The online celebration will include prerecorded messages from President Dean L. Bresciani, Provost Margaret Fitzgerald, college deans and student speaker Darby Beyer. 

According to the NSDU Office of Registration and Records, there are 1,044 undergraduate and graduate level students who are eligible to receive degrees.

“As much as we were looking forward to celebrating the accomplishments of our graduates in person this December, the health and safety of our students, their families and our NDSU community is of the utmost importance,” said Jackie Schluchter, associate registrar. “Although we won’t be together in one venue, we congratulate each student on the accomplishment of earning their degree.”

Beyer, an industrial engineering major, has been selected as the class representative, and is set to give an address during the virtual event.

“NDSU has provided for me with great experiences,” said Beyer, who is the daughter of Kevin and Susan Beyer, Chokio, Minnesota. “We students have loved our time here at NDSU, we are lucky to have been given many opportunities and we will always be Bison.”

Beyer has been active in the Society of Women Engineers, the NDSU chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and student government. In addition, she was a member of the Tau Beta Pi honor society and a past member of the Eta Kappa Nu electrical engineering honor society. She also belongs to the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.

“NDSU was absolutely the best choice for me,” she said. “I would recommend NDSU to anyone, especially if they are interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers or want a small town feel with big city opportunities. Students will succeed here due to the helpful, friendly student body and the one-on-one attention they get from faculty.”

Beyer has accepted a systems engineer position with Honeywell in Minneapolis.

The winter commencement online celebration also will include a name reading of each graduate from last spring and summer semesters, in addition to winter. Graduates will be grouped by college and semester.

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