University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

General and medical commencement set for May 11, 12

UND Spring CommencementUND will hold its annual spring commencement at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11, in the Alerus Center. President Robert O. Kelley will preside over his fifth spring commencement. UND each year graduates about 2,700 students in ceremonies in May, August, and December.

North Dakota Lt. Gov. and UND alumnus Drew Wrigley will be the featured speaker at his alma mater's spring commencement ceremony.

The School of Law conducted its commencement ceremony on May 4. The Medical School will hold a ceremony on May 12.

For general commencement, there are about 1,122 eligible undergraduate degree candidates and approximately 417 graduate degree candidates, including 47 Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees. In addition, 96 will receive certificates, attained through several colleges. This year's graduate degree list includes the first Ph.D. in Educational Foundations and Research; UND also will graduate its first four Bachelors of Science degrees in petroleum engineering.

In addition, there are 67 law degrees and 58 medical degrees.

Chester Fritz Distinguished Professors:

Two faculty members – James Mochoruk, History and Michael Wittgraf, Music – have been awarded Chester Fritz Distinguished Professorships, the University's highest academic honor. Mochoruk will accept his award at this year's general spring commencement. Wittgraf, who is abroad, will accept his award at a commencement ceremony in 2014.

Faculty and administrative staff are encouraged to march in the General Commencement Ceremony, which begins at 1:30 p.m. at the Alerus Center. Faculty and administrative staff are asked to wear academic regalia.

School of Medicine and Health Sciences:

The School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) commencement is at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 12, in the Chester Fritz Auditorium; 58 students are eligible for MD degrees. Patrick Carr, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Anatomy, will deliver the keynote address “Essentials of Career Management.”

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