Dec. 7, 2020

Commencement speaker: NDSU means opportunity, growth


NDSU graduating senior Darby Beyer describes her collegiate career as an important time of personal growth. It is a reflective message she will share with her classmates.

Beyer is the class representative who will give an address during virtual winter commencement ceremonies, scheduled for Friday, Dec. 18, at 10 a.m. The event can be viewed on NDSU’s commencement website. The online celebration also will include prerecorded messages from President Dean L. Bresciani, Provost Margaret Fitzgerald and college deans.

“NDSU has provided for me with great experiences,” said Beyer, who is earning her bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering. “We students have loved our time here at NDSU, we are lucky to have been given many opportunities and we will always be Bison.”

During her time at NDSU, Beyer has been active in the Society of Women Engineers, participating in two national and two local conferences. She also took part in 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.

“I’ve had an amazing experience at NDSU. A few words I would use to describe it would be exciting, supportive, fun and growth,” Beyer said, noting she learned how to expand her comfort zone, increase her confidence level and she now feels well prepared for a variety of career opportunities.

“NDSU was absolutely the best choice for me,” she said. “NDSU was the perfect size for me to flourish by giving me the ability to know all of my professors personally, while allowing me to be involved nationally with organizations. Being in Fargo has been great because the community is supportive and welcoming of NDSU students. I've also been able to volunteer with local robotics competitions, which made me feel even more at home.”

Based on her personal experiences, Beyer doesn’t hesitate when she’s asked if she would suggest NDSU to others who are considering higher education.

“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,” she said. “Students will succeed here due to the helpful, friendly student body and the one-on-one attention they get from faculty.”

Beyer has a bright future ahead. She has accepted a systems engineer position with Honeywell in Minneapolis.

She is the daughter of Kevin and Susan Beyer of Chokio, Minnesota.

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