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NDSU commencement set, alumnus to receive honorary degree

NDSU’s spring commencement ceremonies are scheduled for Saturday, May 14, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Fargodome.

The 10 a.m. event will feature graduates from the Colleges of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Engineering; Human Development and Education; University Studies; and Interdisciplinary Studies. The 2 p.m. ceremony is for graduates of the Colleges of Agriculture, Food Systems and Natural Resources; Business; Health Professions; and Science and Mathematics.

According to Jackie Schluchter, associate registrar, 1,231 graduate, professional and undergraduate students have indicated they intend to march in the ceremony, as of April 14. But, she noted graduating students have until April 19 to indicate they will participate.

A total of 2,131 students are eligible to participate.

“Commencement is an exciting day on campus,” Schluchter said. “The ceremonies provide an opportunity to celebrate the academic achievement of our students.”

During the festivities, NDSU alumnus Myron D. Johnsrud will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Agriculture. Johnsrud, a Watford City, North Dakota, area native, received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural mechanization from NDSU in 1957 and began his tenure with the NDSU Cooperative Extension Service in 1965 as an assistant county agent in Williams County. He took study leave to complete master’s and doctorate degrees at the University of Wisconsin, then returned to NDSU in 1969 as director of personnel and program development for the Extension Service.

In 1971, he went to Washington, D.C., as director of staff development for Extension Service USDA. He returned to NDSU in 1973 as associate director of Extension and became director the following year. Johnsrud remained as NDSU Extension director until 1986, when he returned to Washington, D.C., as administrator for the Extension Service USDA, a position he held for more than seven years. He then joined the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, where he served as director of Extension and outreach. He retired in 2002, concluding a 37-year career in Extension.

He served on the National 4-H Council's board of trustees from 1985-93. In 1990, at the end of the cold war era, he was commissioned by the Secretary of Agriculture to establish the first major adult education program in Poland on managing a business in a market-driven economy.

Among the many awards Johnsrud has received are the Meritorious Executive Award from President George H.W. Bush, induction into the International Adult and Continuing Education and National 4-H Halls of Fame, NDSU Alumni Achievement Award, NDSU Harvest Bowl Agri-business Award and Epsilon Sigma Phi National Distinguished Service Ruby Award.

"Dr. Johnsrud had an exceptional career in leading Extension at NDSU and nationally at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges," wrote nominators Chris Boerboom, NDSU Extension Service director, and Ken Grafton, vice president, dean and director of agricultural affairs. "The impacts of his leadership are present with us today."

Mackayla Headlee, a senior majoring in electrical engineering from Nisswa, Minnesota, has been selected to speak as the student representative for the 10 a.m. ceremony. Jon Lipp, a senior majoring in business administration from Fargo, is set to speak during the 2 p.m. ceremony.

Additional information about the NDSU commencement ceremony is available online. The ceremony will be streamed live, with an archive video available the week following the ceremony.

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Source: NDSU News

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