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Academic News (Dec. 21, 2011)

Several local students were among 450 individuals receiving degrees at Minnesota State University Moorhead during Fall Commencement ceremonies held Dec. 15 in MSUM's Nemzek Fieldhouse.

Graduates and their degrees include: Jason Bond, BS University Studies, Joy Burckhard, BS Accounting, Lindsey Carlson, MS Curriculum and Instruction, Sarah Clark, BA Psychology, Emelia Fahrman, BSW Social Work, Alyssa Freed, BS Elementary Education, Gregory Gentzkow, BS Music Education, LeAnn Gifford, BS Social Studies, Lisa Gonzalez, BSW Social Work, Marisa Gonzalez, BSW Social Work, Michael Herbst, BS & BA Biology, Life Science Education, Danielle Kjaer, BA Psychology, Holly Knutson, BS Elementary Education, Jessica Lambertz, BA Art, Rachel Lugert, BA Psychology, JoVanae Lureen, BS Elementary Education, Jessie Mattern, BS Accounting, Kelly Murek, BS Management, Chelsea Neubauer, BS Elementary Education, Jana Oistad, MS Special Education, Certificate in Autism Spetrum Disorder, Justin Rheault, BS Computer Information Systems, Alicia Ryland, BS Elementary Education, Brynna Trowbridge, BS, Speech, Language, Hearing Science, Jasen Walker, BA Biology, all West Fargo; Aaron Thuen, BA Music, Horace; and Kristin Zaun, BS Accounting, Mapleton.

The University of North Dakota will hold its largest ever Winter Commencement on Friday, Dec. 16, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium with about 900 students eligible for degrees, an increase of 150 from a year ago.

Local graduates and their degrees include: Kayla Greseth, BSN, Cum Laude, Harwood; Candice Mogard, BS, and Rachel Vigen, BAcc, both Horace; Blake Beitelspacher, BBA, Kelsey Bergeron, BSEd, Summa Cum Laude, Mary Dosch, PhD, Denise Jonas, EdD, Patrick Joyce, BBA, Jacob Miller, BAcc, Mitchell Molstad, BA, Summa Cum Laude, Michael Tintes, BSCSCI, Chris Urlaub, BBA Magna Cum Laude, and Nina Wentz, MS, all West Fargo.