ST. PAUL (April 22, 2013 ) — Metropolitan State University celebrates its 92nd commencement exercises Monday, April 29, including the 35,000th graduate. The university is also graduating its first two Doctor of Business Administration students. The student speaker is Kirk Q. Smith, Maplewood, outstanding student in the School of Urban Education. Smith served more than 30 years in the U.S. Army and continues to serve in the Army Reserves.
The ceremony is in the Roy Wilkins Auditorium at Saint Paul RiverCentre. Approximately 1,030 students are receiving bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees with 727 expected to participate in the ceremony.
Other commencement participants include: Metropolitan State President Sue K. Hammersmith; Ginny Arthur, provost and academic vice president; Philip Krinkie, trustee, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system Board of Trustees; Thomas O’Connell, professor emeritus, and John Schneider, president, Inter Faculty Organization; Christopher Nguyen, Student Senate president; Craig Vinje, trustee, Metropolitan State University Foundation Board; Tim Doherty, Anna Gryczman, Ochen Kaylan, James Lukaszewski and Gini Sanchez, Alumni Association board members; Toni Carter, Ramsey County Board of Commissioners; and Dan Bostrom, Saint Paul City Council member.
Metropolitan State University, a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, is America’s premier university for lifelong learning, providing unsurpassed, competitive academic and professional degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels while maintaining affordability.