MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — More than 400 adult learners will graduate from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and its Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs on Saturday, June 3. Three separate Commencement Convocation ceremonies will be held at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 3 p.m. on the university’s Twin Cities Campus.

The ceremonies, in the Saint Mary’s University Center (2540 Park Ave. S., Minneapolis), will feature the university’s first Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.) program graduate, six graduating students being honored with Saint Mary’s Outstanding Final Paper Awards, and five graduates selected to provide brief reflection speeches.

The following graduates will be honored with Outstanding Final Paper Awards:

  • Katie Thiboutot Dolinsky, M.A., Marriage and Family Therapy (at the 10 a.m. ceremony)
  • Carol Jean Quattlebaum, B.S., Human Resource Management (at the 12:30 p.m. ceremony)
  • Keith Randal Johnson, M.Ed., Learning Design and Technology (at the 12:30 p.m. ceremony)
  • Stacey Purvis Buchwald, Ed.D., Doctorate of Education in Leadership (at the 12:30 p.m. ceremony)
  • Katharine Amanda Campbell, M.A., Arts and Cultural Management (at the 3 p.m. ceremony)
  • Kassim Abbanesha Hussein, D.B.A., Doctorate of Business Administration (at the 3 p.m. ceremony). Hussein is the first D.B.A. graduate at Saint Mary’s University; read more about him and his story online here.

The following will provide graduating student reflections:

  • Leisha Louise Suggs, M.A., Marriage and Family Therapy (at the 10 a.m. ceremony)
  • Keith Randal Johnson, M.Ed., Learning Design and Technology (at the 12:30 p.m. ceremony)
  • Jillynne Kay Raymond, Ed.D., Doctorate of Education in Leadership Administration (at the 12:30 p.m. ceremony)
  • Daren Charles Weiger, B.S., Business Administration (at the 3 p.m. ceremony)
  • Sheila Mork, M.S., Accountancy (at the 3 p.m. ceremony)

During the June 3 ceremony, adults from a wide range of ages will earn bachelor’s, master’s, graduate certificate, and doctoral degrees in the schools of business and technology, education, and health and human services. Some of the more common degree programs this ceremony include education, educational leadership, nurse anesthesia, counseling, marriage and family therapy, and business administration.

Commencement Convocations are held at the Saint Mary’s University Twin Cities Campus three times per year and one time per year at the Winona Campus. For more information about Commencement at Saint Mary’s campuses, visit: smumn.edu/about/commencement.

Saint Mary’s graduates gain the advanced knowledge, skills, and critical-thinking abilities necessary to be lifelong learners, successful workers, good neighbors, and ethical citizens that ensure Saint Mary’s standing as a well-known, top-tier university preparing tomorrow’s leaders. Grounded in its Lasallian Catholic identity, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is a nationally ranked, transformational, and innovative university with a global footprint.

About Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota awakens, nurtures, and empowers learners to ethical lives of leadership and service. At Saint Mary’s, students find in every classroom—whether in person or online—a relationship-driven, person-centered education. Through intense inquiry, students discover the truths in the world and the character within. Founded in 1912 and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota enrolls 5,800 students at its residential undergraduate college in Winona and its Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs, based in Minneapolis but extending worldwide. Saint Mary’s offers respected and affordable programs in a variety of areas leading to bachelor’s, bachelor’s completion, master’s, certificate, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Learn more at smumn.edu.

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