Fall graduation quickly approaching

By Jessica Schurmann

Lumen Assistant Editor

Seniors prepare for their final days on campus as the winter graduation date, Saturday, Dec. 15, rapidly approaches.

After four (or more) years, 118 undergraduate students and 25 graduate students will collect their diplomas during the commencement ceremony at 11 am in the Fine Arts Center Main Theater.

Leading up to the ceremony will be a Master Degree Hooding Ceremony at 8:30 a.m. in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall and the traditional Baccalaureate Mass at 9:30 a.m. in the Mary of the Angels Chapel of the Saint Rose Convent.

The commencement ceremony will last about an hour, with Vice President for Academic Affairs Barbara Gayle serving as the master of ceremonies. Students will also hear from Nathanael Potaracke, an elementary education major from La Crosse as he gives the student address and Kathy Duerwachter, director of alumni relations, who will give the alumni welcome.

President Rick Artman; Keith Knutson, chair of the Faculty Council, and Kent Handel; chair of the Board of Trustees, will handle the proceedings of the ceremony. Father Conrad Targonski, OFM, will give the Benediction.

During the graduation ceremony, Grant Smith will be granted the title of Professor Emeritus in a special presentation. A professor of English, Smith is retiring from Viterbo, where he has been teaching since 1993.

Following the ceremony will be a BSN Completion Program Pinning Ceremony, at noon in San Damiano.

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