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Piper Pride in Hutton Arena

Over 900 students received undergraduate and graduate degrees at Hamline University’s annual commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 18.

Rainy weather forced the ceremonies indoors and historic Hutton Arena served as the backdrop for a pair of impressive and well-attended ceremonies. A video feed provided guests in the Anderson Center with a front row view of the ceremony. The event was also live-streamed. 

The day began with the university’s annual multifaith baccalaureate ceremony, held at Hamline Church United Methodist. Attendees heard from the ceremony’s choir, conducted by Dr. Kathy Thomsen, and heard student reflections from graduates Hannah Hoeger, Karl Dettman, Sabrina Majid, Bashir Imady, Walker Brault and Ikram Mohamud. Dr. Veena Deo, professor of English in the College of Liberal Arts, provided the message for the day.

Then it was off to Hutton Arena, where the university presented an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters to former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page, who served as guest speaker for the undergraduate ceremony.

Justice Page spoke about the need for civility and truth in an increasingly fractious society and urged graduates to always work for justice for all.   

Student speaker Yared Anaid Plascencia of Michoacan, Mexico spoke of the annual flight of the monarch butterfly from her homeland to Minnesota as an allegory for students’ journey through education and into the professional world.

Hamline President Dr. Fayneese Miller addressed graduate ceremonies for Hamline School of Business and the College of Liberal Arts, which capped Hamline’s 165th year of student service as Minnesota’s first university.

5/21/19
Written by staff.