News Release

Fall Commencement

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Some 660 gradutes are expected to participate in the Dec. 22 commencement exercises in Halenbeck Hall

Some 660 gradutes are expected to participate in the Dec. 22 commencement exercises in Halenbeck Hall.

Abdullahi Gure will address 660 graduates at the Commencement Ceremony 2 p.m. Dec. 22 in Halenbeck Hall Gymnasium.

The Somalia-born Gure left Kenya for the United States nine years ago, armed with just two English phrases: "get lost" and "try me."

Saturday the St. Cloud resident will earn bachelor's degrees in sociology and criminal justice studies.

An excerpt from Gure's address to classmates reads: "There are millions of people around the world just like us who can’t even read or write. I hope that we will always be aware of our privileged status and use our talents and skills to help others less fortunate."  

Registered to participate in the commencement ceremony are 583 undergraduate students, 72 graduate students and five doctoral students. View the ceremony program (PDF). More than 1,200 students applied to graduate at the end of Fall Semester.

The ceremony will be streamed on the Internet and aired on Charter Cable channels 21 and 8.

Parking in the 4th Avenue Parking Ramp is free commencement day. Campus guests, graduates and staff may use a free shuttle bus from Atwood Memorial Center to Halenbeck Hall. The shuttle will run 10-minute loops from noon-5 p.m.

Shuttle pick-up and drop-off locations are Atwood Memorial Center (northwest door), 4th Avenue Parking Ramp (east and south sides) and Halenbeck Hall (northeast entrance).

Guests who prefer not to travel across campus to Halenbeck Hall for the commencement ceremony can view the event via live webcast in the Atwood Memorial Center Theatre.

The Symphony Orchestra will provide music for the ceremony. Conducting will be Marion Judish, professor of violin and viola, and Matthew Ferrell, assistant professor and interim director of choral activities.

The processional will be Edward Elgar's "AlsPomp and Circumstance March No. 1." The recessional will be "Ancient Dances and Airs" by Otto Respighi.

Other performances will include:

  • "University Hymn" by Harvey Waugh and Amy Dale, former St. Cloud State professors, arranged by Roger Barrett, former professor  
  • "America the Beautiful" by Samuel A. Ward and Katharine Lee Bates, arranged by Carmen Dragon 
  • "Serenade for Strings, Op. 20: Allegro piacevole" by Edward Elgar

President Earl H. Potter III will deliver welcome remarks and confer the degrees.

Mayor David A. Kleis '89 will share greetings from the City of St. Cloud.

Michael Doughtery, vice chancellor of advancement, will offer greetings from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system.

Speaking on behalf of more than 109,000 alumni worldwide will be Brent Skaja '05, president of the Alumni Association.

Closing the ceremony will be Wanda Overland, vice president for student life and development. 

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