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University of Minnesota commencement ceremonies begin April 26

U of M Rochester to graduate inaugural class

April 23, 2013

The University of Minnesota expects to award nearly 15,000 degrees in the coming weeks at several commencement ceremonies at its five campuses across the state. Among them will be the first graduating class from the University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR). The inaugural class includes 52 graduates - 51 from the B.S. in Health Sciences and B.S. in Health Professions programs.

UMR, which offers distinctive health sciences and biosciences education to more than 700 students in downtown Rochester, offers a unique educational experience and location for its students by making use of existing facilities and handling numerous administrative functions through the U of M’s system offices. This model truly showcases President Kaler’s Operational Excellence initiative.

The commencement ceremony is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Mayo Civic Center Auditorium.

Other notable commencement speakers this year include:

United States Senator Al Franken will serve as the 2013 Commencement speaker at the University of Minnesota Morris on Saturday, May 11. This year marks the U of M Morris’ 50th Commencement exercise, which begins at 1:30 p.m. on the campus mall. Senator Franken was elected to the U. S. Senate in 2008 as a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party from Minnesota and currently sits on four House committees. Prior to his election, he spent 37 years as a comedy writer, author and radio talk show host.

Governor Mark Dayton (DFL) will deliver the commencement address for the U of M’s Law School at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18 at Mariucci Arena. Dayton is Minnesota’s 40th Governor and a lifelong resident of the state. He has worked throughout the state to help businesses locate or expand and create jobs, to improve local government services, to better fund public schools, to support servicemen and women, to help Minnesotans get the health care they need, and in many other ways to make a better Minnesota. Dayton currently serves on the Executive Committee of the National Governor's Association.

The complete commencement schedule, including speakers, for the university’s colleges and schools is as follows:

Arts, Science and Engineering Graduate Students: Dr. Earl Lewis, President of Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, 1 p.m. Friday, April 26, Mariucci Arena

Multicultural Celebration of Achievement: Justin Huenemann, member of Navajo Nation and Program Officer of Northwest Area Foundation, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, Ted Mann Concert Hall

Medical School: Carter Roberts, President and CEO of the World Wildlife Fund, 2 p.m., Friday, May 3, State Theatre (downtown Minneapolis)

2013 Lavender Celebration: 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 6, The Whole Music (lower level of Coffman Memorial Union)

AHC Interdisciplinary Programs: Dr. Jennifer Lundblad, President and CEO of Stratis Health, 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 8, McNamara Alumni Center

College of Science and Engineering: Steve Blank, retired serial entrepreneur lecturer at Stanford University and author of the startup owners manual, 7 p.m. Friday, May 10, Mariucci Arena

University of Minnesota-Crookston: Kevin J. Kopischke, President of Alexandria Technical and Community College and 1972 graduate of the University of Minnesota, Crookston, 2 p.m. Saturday, May 11, Lysaker Gymnasium at the UMC Sports Center

College of Pharmacy: Susan Winckler, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Food and Drug Law Institute, 2 p.m. Sunday, May 12, The O’Shaughnessy Auditorium at St. Catherine University

University of Minnesota-Duluth Graduate Program: Kevin Washburn, Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs for the U.S. Department of the Interior, 10 a.m. Thursday, May 16, UMD Romano Gymnasium

College of Education and Human Development Graduate Students: Bernadeia Johnson, Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent, 1 p.m. Thursday, May 16, Mariucci Arena

College of Education and Human Development Undergraduate Students: Quincy Lewis, outstanding graduate and athlete, Thursday, 5:30 p.m. May 16, Mariucci Arena

School of Dentistry: Dr. Leon Assael, Dean of the School of Dentistry, 10 a.m. Friday, May 17, Mariucci Arena

College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources: Betty McCollum, 4th District Congresswoman, 7 p.m. Friday, May 17, Mariucci Arena

University of Minnesota-Duluth Undergraduate Students: Eric Kaler, University of Minnesota President, 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, May 18, AMSOIL Arena

College of Design: Cathy ten Broeke, State Director to Prevent and End Homelessness, 3 p.m., Saturday May 18, Mariucci Arena

College of Biological Sciences: Kerri Miller, Minneapolis Public Radio, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 18, Mariucci Arena

College of Continuing Education: Jonathan Foley, Director of the U of M’s Institute on the Environment, and professor and McKnight Presidential Chair in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 10 a.m. Sunday, May 19, Ted Mann Concert Hall

College of Liberal Arts: Eric Kaler, University of Minnesota President, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday, May 19, Mariucci Arena

Carlson School of Management Graduate Students: Peter McCormick, Co-founder and senior VP of Corporate Development of Exact Target, 9 a.m., Monday, May 20, Mariucci Arena

Carlson School of Management Undergraduate Students: Peter McCormick, Co-founder and senior VP of Corporate Development of Exact Target, 1 p.m., Monday, May 20, Mariucci Arena

Humphrey School of Public Affairs: Jake Sullivan, National Security Advisor to Vice President Joe Biden, 4 p.m., Ted Mann Concert Hall

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