BSU and NTC graduation plans

More than 1,000 students will receive undergraduate and graduate degrees from Bemidji State University on Friday, May 8. While a formal commencement ceremony will be planned for a later date due to the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual celebrations will acknowledge graduates and mark the end of the Spring 2020 semester.

According to a release, the university gathered feedback from seniors indicating that most graduating students preferred to postpone the formal commencement ceremony over a fully virtual ceremony, Bemidji State will hold a brief graduate recognition May 8 at 5 p.m. on Zoom. The event is open to all students, families and university representatives and will include messages from President Faith C. Hensrud, Acting Provost Allen Bedford, Student Body President Matthew Sauser, academic deans and more.

Additionally, Stacia Goodman, a Minneapolis-based artist commissioned to install a mosaic on the new Hagg-Sauer Hall, will speak on her intent to dedicate the piece to the BSU class of 2020.

Acknowledging that a traditional ceremony will not be held at this time, BSU senior Cailey Birchem from Wheaton, Minn., recommended a virtual mosaic initiative to the BSU commencement planning committee. Through a partnership with a live photo compilation company, Luster Co., Bemidji State will build a virtual mosaic on the BSU website using photos posted on public social media accounts.

To submit a photo to the mosaic, social media users can post a photo to their Instagram or Twitter accounts and use the hashtag #BeaverGrads. The virtual mosaic will compile all photos with the hashtag into one large, mosaic photo. The submission window for the 2020 mosaic will be open from 6 a.m. on May 8 through midnight on May 22.

Profile picture frames and virtual Zoom backgrounds are also available to all graduates on the Bemidji State commencement website at bemidjistate.edu/commencement.

BSU Nursing Pinning Ceremony

The BSU Nursing Pinning Ceremony for the class of 2020 will be held virtually at 3 p.m. on May 7 where students will be formally admitted into the profession as graduates of BSU’s nursing program.

During the event nursing staff and faculty will deliver speeches and welcome guest speaker Dr. Helen Erickson, nurse theorist and author. Among other awards, Erickson has received the Living Legend Award from the University of Texas, San Antonio, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Holistic Nurses Association and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Michigan School of Nursing, Ann Arbor.

BSU Honors Stoling Ceremony

At 5 p.m. on May 7 students in Bemidji State University’s Honors Program will be virtually recognized for their accomplishments in the program by President Hensrud and the Director of the Honors and Liberal Education Season Ellison, who is also an assistant professor of history.

Graduates were asked to pre-record a one-minute recap of their Honors theses to be revealed during the virtual event and recently received their commencement stoles to wear at the formal commencement exercise held at a later date.

NORTHWEST TECHNICAL COLLEGE

More than 200 students will receive certificates, diplomas and degrees from Northwest Technical College this year.

While a formal commencement ceremony will be planned for a later date due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a virtual celebration will acknowledge graduates and mark the end of the Spring 2020 semester on May 7 at 9 a.m.

The event is open to all students, families and college representatives and will include messages from President Faith C. Hensrud, Vice President for Academic Affairs Darrin Strosahl, academic deans and more.

Profile picture frames are also available to all graduates on the NTC commencement website at ntcmn.edu/commencement.

NTC Nursing Pinning Ceremony

The NTC Nursing Pinning Ceremony for the class of 2020 will be held virtually at 12 p.m. on May 7 where students will be formally admitted into the profession as graduates of NTC’s nursing program.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa is also an active member with the Bemidji Jaycees, a leadership development through community service organization for adults 18 to 40. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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