Manning student among graduates at Dickinson State commencement

Kayla Crooker of Manning was among the 80 graduates at the 2016 Fall Commencement ceremonies at Dickinson State University on Friday.


Crooker received her degree in Agricultural Studies.

Hundreds of friends, family, faculty and fellow students braved a blizzard and sub-zero temps to witness the matriculation of 80 graduating seniors. The Dorothy Stickney Auditorium was filled with folks from around the country and world.

The stage featured flags from ND, US, the countries of graduating international students, and the tribal flags of graduating Native American students. Nearly a dozen states are represented in this class.

“This is truly a monumental event. Enjoy this day, but never stop moving forward from it,” DSU President Tom Mitzel told the graduates.

The commencement speaker was Nick Hacker, the North Dakota Board of Higher Education president.

Dickinson State was established in 1918. It is the first and only four-year college in western North Dakota and has an enrollment of 1,386 students.

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