By Pat Christman
---- — Approximately 1,500 Minnesota State University, Mankato, students participated in three spring commencement ceremonies on Saturday. Fifteen hundred students who have completed a long journey to receive their degree, only to begin another journey as they quest for a job in their chosen field.
Ceremonies at 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. filled Bresnan Arena with graduates, family and friends all trying to catch each other's eye during the ceremony. Students in the colleges of Arts & Humanities and Science, Engineering & Technology took part in the 9 a.m. ceremony; those in the colleges of Allied Health & Nursing and Education attended in the noon event; and students in the colleges of Business and Social & Behavioral Sciences graduated in the 3 p.m. ceremony.
Two candidates were honored as the first graduates of the inaugural doctoral cohort of Minnesota State’s new doctor of psychology degree program in school psychology. They were Brett W. DeJager of Luverne, and Julene D. Nolan of North Mankato.