April 22, 2014
On Saturday, May 3, the University of Mary will award degrees to 900 graduates at its 2014 commencement. The ceremony begins at 1:30 p.m. in the Bismarck Civic Center.
Founded and sponsored by the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery of Bismarck "to create leaders in the service of truth," the University of Mary will award 411 bachelor's degrees, 457 master's degrees and 32 doctoral degrees.
Seventy-seven students received the cum laude designation, 46 the magna cum laude designation, and 48 received the summa cum laude designation. Additionally, 68 students have earned the Certified Schafer Leader designation from the Harold Schafer Emerging Leaders Academy. (These graduates are indicated with an asterisk [*] next to his or her name in the attached graduation list.)
Clay Jenkinson, noted national humanities scholar, author, historian and educator, will be the speaker at this year's commencement. Jenkinson, of Bismarck, is currently director of The Dakota Institute and co-hosts NPR's "The Jefferson Hour." Jenkinson portrays historical figures such as Thomas Jefferson, Meriwether Lewis and Theodore Roosevelt at educational events and public programs and leads humanities programs around the nation.
A Baccalaureate Mass will begin at 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 2 in Our Lady of the Annunciation Chapel on campus.
A live stream of the commencement ceremonies can be viewed at www.umary.edu/graduation. Archived video will be available at that site no later than May 10, 2014.
Outstanding Senior nominees The following students (including hometown and major) have been nominated for the Outstanding Senior Award: Ryan Capouch, Portland, N.D., biology; Caroline Crary, Fargo, marketing/business administration; Haley Fong, Dickinson, elementary education, special education; Ethan Hoepfner, Bismarck, social work; Elizabeth Isley, Edmonds, Wash., occupational therapy; Kyle Kopren, Prairie City, S.D., accounting/business administration; Melissa Kramer, Fargo, computer information systems; Anne Petersen, Lemmon, S.D., communication; Lindsey Sand, Steele, nursing; Kyla Shea, Fergus Falls, Minn., athletic training; Samantha Wager, Gettysburg, S.D., exercise science.