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Minot State University hosts graduation May 13

Posted on 5/9/2011

On May 13, graduate students at Minot State University will participate in a hooding ceremony at 8 a.m. in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall. The commencement ceremony for graduate and undergraduate students will begin in the Dome at 10 a.m. In anticipation of Minot State University's centennial in 2013, this year's commencement will highlight a key goal of Vision 2013 and address the institution's strategic plan.

The 2011 commencement speakers senior Whitney Loftesnes and alumnus Roger Looygena will address Vision 2013's fifth strategy, "Focusing on Student Success and Future Achievement."

Loftesnes, a Norwich native, has completed a Bachelor of Science degree in international business, marketing and management, graduating summa cum laude. She also excelled as a student athlete and was named to the 2011 Daktronics-National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Division II Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete Team.

Looyenga retired as the chief executive officer and chairman of Auto-Owners Insurance Group, a Fortune 500 company, in July 2010. The Mandan native graduated from then Minot State College with a bachelor's degree in business education in 1968. While at Minot State, he participated on the tennis team and was elected to the Student Council, the predecessor of today's Student Government Association. He was president of the Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity and belonged to Greek Council and Letterman's Club.

In keeping with the commencement ceremony's theme, honored guests are Distinguished Lifetime Educator Award recipients. Each recipient, a retired faculty member selected by faculty peers, provided students with a strong and engaging academic experience that allowed students to develop sound skills for success in their future careers and endeavors.
The following are Distinguished Lifetime Educator Award recipients: Harold Aleshire, humanities; Dale Atwood, business; Margaret Dixon, English; Floyd Fairweather, humanities; Virginia Geesaman, music; Walter Hartman, music; Charles Hoffman, biology; Robert Holmen, mathematics; Adelaide Johnson, business; Ruth Loucks, education; Shirley McMillan, nursing; Robert Sando, business; and Doris Slaaten, business.

Duaine Espegard, Grand Forks, a retired bank administrator and former state senator, will represent the State Board of Higher Education. Espegard worked for Bremer Financial as a bank director, chief executive officer and regional president from 1969 to 2003. He served in the North Dakota Senate from 2000 to 2006

For additional information about the commencement ceremony, contact Rebecca Porter, registrar, at 858-3126 or

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