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May 8, 2013
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UMD 2013 Commencement Ceremonies Scheduled

Note to Media: During the undergraduate ceremonies on Saturday, May 18 - The Bulldog Lounge at Amsoil Arena has been designated for the media. No access to the floor will be permitted.

For the first time, the University of Minnesota Duluth will host two bachelor's degree ceremonies on May 18 at Amsoil Arena in the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center. UMD Chancellor Dr. Lendley C. Black will preside over the commencements, which are scheduled as follows:

10 a.m.
Labovitz School of Business and Economics, Swenson College of Science and Engineering

3 p.m.
College of Education and Human Service Professions, College of Liberal Arts, School of Fine Arts

1,424 students, total, will march in the ceremonies. 2,028 students are receiving bachelor's degrees from UMD this year.

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler will deliver the commencement address at both ceremonies.

More about President Kaler:
When Eric Kaler took office on July 1, 2011, he became only the second alumnus to rise to the position of the University of Minnesota president. President Kaler received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University in 1982 and went on to become one of the nation's foremost experts on complex fluids, which have applications in drug delivery, food processing, pharmaceuticals, and manufacturing. In 2012, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano named President Kaler to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council. In 2013, he was named a Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

Student Speakers:
At the 10 a.m. ceremony, Tricia Nielsen is the student speaker. Nielsen is receiving a bachelor of accounting degree, summa cum laude, departmental honors, Labovitz School of Business and Economics.

Taylor Kosey is the student speaker at the 3 p.m. ceremony. Kosey is receiving a bachelor of science degree, Communication Sciences and Disorders, summa cum laude, College of Education and Human Services Profession.

Graduate Program Ceremony
Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 7 p.m.
Romano Gymnasium at UMD
UMD will confer 271 graduate degrees. Two are Ph.Ds, 14 are doctorates in education, and 255 are master's degrees. 206 graduate students will participate in Thursday's commencement.

Mr. Kevin K. Washburn, Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs for the U.S. Department of the Interior, will deliver the featured commencement address.

More about Assistant Secretary Washburn:
Washburn is an enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation in Oklahoma. He was sworn into office on October 9, 2012.

Washburn is the 12th Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs to be confirmed since the position was established in the late 1970s. In addition to carrying out the Department's trust responsibilities regarding the management of tribal and individual Indian trust lands and assets, the Assistant Secretary is responsible for promoting the self-determination and economic self-sufficiency of the nation's 566 federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribes and their approximately two million enrolled members.

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