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Grads celebrate, anticipate long-awaited commencement
Kaylie Perry
Guest Writer
Photo by Kaylie Perry
From left, Kristi Rollen, a senior elementary education major from Grand Island, Alumni Director Lucas Dart and Reba Bierman, a senior elementary education major from Arnold, dip some fruit in the chocolate fountain at the graduation party at the Alumni House last Thursday. "This was a good chance to meet all of the other graduates," Rollen said.

On Dec. 17, students will take a final walk toward the future at the UNK graduation. A total of 398 students, 288 undergraduates and 110 graduates, will participate in the fall commencement ceremony at the Health and Sports Center at 10 a.m.

The weeks leading up to graduation are filled with deadlines as well as scheduled events for the graduates.  

“A couple weeks ago we had a graduation party for the students and provided free pizza, pop, a chocolate fountain and fun prizes for them to win…it was a really good turnout and the students had a lot of fun,” said Michelle Widger, the assistant director of the alumni association.

On Dec. 16 when the grads have their rehearsal at the Cushing Coliseum at 3 p.m., the alumni association will again be there to support the students. “There are usually some booths set up in the coliseum about different graduate schools or programs, and the Chancellor provides food for the students so they have something to snack on during rehearsal,” Widger said.

This year, Laura Ceron Gomez and Daniel Martin will speak on behalf of the grads.  

Terry Kroeger, the publisher and Chief Executive Officer for the Omaha World-Herald, will present the commencement address. Kroeger has been with the World-Herald Company since 1985 and has served as the company's president since 2005. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska and actively involved in higher education, and organizations in Omaha including Creighton University, the College of Saint Mary, Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, Durham Western Heritage Museum, TeamMates Mentoring Program, Mutual Of Omaha Group and others.

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