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Hamline University Honors the Class of 2022

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Hamline University honored a new generation of leaders with Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 14 at the RiverCentre in Saint Paul.

Three ceremonies were held to celebrate the academic achievements of those who graduated in December 2021 and those who complete degrees this spring and summer.

Three-hundred and 28 undergraduate students participated in the 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ceremonies, followed by 146 graduate students at the 3 p.m. ceremony. A total of 433 undergraduate students and 329 graduate students earned degrees at Hamline this year.

Dr. Fayneese Miller, president of Hamline University, spoke at all three ceremonies, congratulating the graduates on their accomplishments. Dr. Miller also shared her admiration for the graduates’ perseverance and aspirations.

“I am humbled by your passion, by your commitment and your call to action,” President Miller told the graduating class. “You Hamline Pipers are the dreamkeepers, the hope-makers. You have chosen to look and march forward, to focus on hope, to not only dream about a better world, but to work towards making it so. It is your hope that will lead this nation into the future – a future ripe with possibilities.”

During Commencement, honorary degrees were bestowed upon former Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and Hamline alumnus and Trustee Winston Folkers ’57.

“The excellent education you’ve received here at Hamline is so vitally important,” Dayton said. “It has provided you with a strong foundation from which you can create successful and fulfilling lives, even in these difficult times.”

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar took to the podium at the 1 p.m. ceremony. In her remarks, Klobuchar spoke to Hamline’s legacy as a higher education institution.

“You’re getting your degrees from a truly exceptional college. As Minnesota’s first university, Hamline has been educating and empowering students since before the establishment of our state,” Klobuchar said. “From the beginning, this place has been ahead of its time, leaning forward, building Minnesota into a place where everyone can succeed.”

Written by staff, May 2022
Photo courtesy of Cory Ryan/Hamline University