More than 300 seniors will receive bachelor of arts degrees during the 48th annual University of Minnesota, Morris Commencement ceremony today at 1:30 p.m.
Faculty, staff, family, and friends will gather in the P.E. Center to recognize the accomplishments of the graduates. The celebration begins with division receptions from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., and the ceremony begins at 1:30 p.m.
Chancellor Jacqueline R. Johnson will give the welcome and recognize special guests, including University of Minnesota Regent Laura Brod.
Chosen by fellow graduates to represent his class, student commencement speaker this year will be Nate Christensen, of Cottage Grove.
UMM graduate Doug Lennick will deliver the graduation address.
CEO and co-founder of the Lennick Aberman Group, he is an internationally known speaker on the development of successful individuals and organizations, with an area of expertise in the practical applications of the art and science of human behavior.
Lennick has written several books, including the recently released "Moral Intelligence 2.0: Enhancing Business Performance and Leadership Success in Turbulent Times."
The Symphonic Winds, under the direction of Martin H. Seggelke, assistant professor of music, and the Concert Choir, under the direction of Ken Hodgson, associate professor of music, will perform a pre-commencement concert and musical selections during the ceremony.
Student Color guards Zak Forde and James Rook will lead the processional. Mace Bearer is Jenny Nellis, professor of studio art. Student Marshals are Zach Van Cleve and Madison Anderson. Faculty Marshal is Judy Kuechle, associate professor of education.
In recognition of the campus's origins as an American Indian boarding school, an American Indian Honor Song will be performed by the Northern Wind Singers to recognize and pay tribute to the achievements of Morris scholars. The Honor Song will be dedicated to the Class of 2011. Gabriel B. Desrosiers '05, American Indian language and culture lecturer, is lead singer and keeper of the drum.
Following the ceremony, a reception will be held in Oyate Hall in the Student Center. Commencement guests are invited to view the 2011 Senior Art Show in the Humanities Fine Arts Gallery before and after the ceremony.
UMM Media Services will live Web cast the event. The link will be on the home page at morris.umn.edu on Commencement day. For those unable to sit outdoors, the ceremony is also streamed live to Edson Auditorium in the Student Center, and KKOK 95.7 FM broadcasts the ceremony live.
In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will held in the Physical Education Center.