UPDATED: About 1,760 Students Eligible To Graduate At UND Spring Commencements May 4 (Law), May 11 (general Commencement), And May 12 (Medicine)

Please note correction in Dr. Patrick Carr’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences commencement address title.

The University of North Dakota will hold its annual spring commencement at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, May 11, at the Alerus Center, Grand Forks. President Robert O. Kelley will preside over his fifth spring commencement. UND each year graduates about 2,700 students in ceremonies in May, August, and December.

North Dakota Lt. Gov. and University of North Dakota alumnus Drew Wrigley will be the featured speaker at his alma mater’s spring commencement ceremony.

The UND School of Law will conduct its commencement ceremony on May 4, and the UND Medical School will hold a ceremony on May 12.

For general commencement, there are about 1,122 eligible undergraduate degree candidates and approximately 417 graduate degree candidates, including 47 Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees. In addition, 96 will receive certificates, attained through several colleges. This year’s graduate degree list includes the first Ph.D. in Educational Foundations and Research; UND also will graduate its first four Bachelors of Science degrees in petroleum engineering.

In addition, there are 67 law degrees and 58 medical degrees.

Chester Fritz Distinguished Professors:

Two UND faculty members – James Mochoruk, History and Michael Wittgraf, Music – have been awarded Chester Fritz Distinguished Professorships, the University’s highest academic honor. Mochoruk will accept his award at this year’s general spring commencement. Wittgraf, who is abroad, will accept his award at a commencement ceremony in 2014.

Faculty and administrative staff are encouraged to march in the General Commencement Ceremony, which begins at 1:30 p.m. at the Alerus Center. Faculty and administrative staff are asked to wear academic regalia.

School of Law:

The UND School of Law will hold its commencement ceremony 10 a.m., Saturday, May 4, in the Chester Fritz Auditorium on the University of North Dakota main campus. The ceremony will be officiated by UND School of Law Dean Kathryn R.L. Rand and UND President Robert Kelley. Shon Hastings, United States Bankruptcy Judge, District of North Dakota, will present this year’s commencement address.

School of Medicine and Health Sciences:

The School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) commencement is at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 12, in the Chester Fritz Auditorium; 58 students are eligible for MD degrees. Patrick Carr, Ph.D., associate professor in the SMHS Department of Anatomy, will deliver the keynote address “Essentials of Career Management.”


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