NDSU winter commencement ceremonies are scheduled for Friday, Dec. 16, at 4 p.m. in the Fargodome. The location will change to the Bison Sports Arena if the Bison football team hosts an NCAA playoff game during the week of commencement.
A total of 733 graduate, professional and undergraduate students are eligible to participate, and 520 have indicated they intend to march in the ceremony.
"This will be NDSU's largest fall graduating class," said Rhonda Kitch, associate registrar. "We'll celebrate the academic success of more than 730 students at the ceremony."
If the Bison host an NCAA football playoff game that weekend, the ceremony will take place at the Bison Sports Arena, which is adjacent to the Fargodome. According to Registrar Kristi Wold-McCormick, "Planning is underway to ensure that commencement is successful and memorable for our degree candidates and their guests, regardless of venue." She said the location will be confirmed and communicated to graduates and the public by Sunday.
Adlina Paramarta, who will receive a Bachelor of Science in chemistry, has been selected to speak as the class representative. A dedicated international student who carries a 3.99 grade-point average, Paramarta is a native of the island of Java in Indonesia whose family came to Fargo in 2006, where she graduated from Fargo North High School. She has been highly involved in campus activities. She has been a College of Science and Mathematics Ambassador and participated in the International Student Association, Chemistry Club, Tennis Club and Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society. In addition, she served as a master of ceremonies for NDSU's International Night.
The commencement soloist will be Chase Daniel Burkhart, a graduate of Grand Forks, N.D., Central High School, who is receiving a Bachelor of Music in vocal music education. He participated in numerous music performing ensembles such as NDSU Concert Choir, Madrigal Singers, Statesmen, Bison Arts Singers, University Band and the Opera Workshop productions of "Pirates of Penzance," "Secret Garden" and "Die Fledermaus." He also co-founded a student organization called the NDSU Songwriters Guild.