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Commencement spring '10

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Gordon Viere '75, accounting graduate

Gordon Viere '75, accounting graduate and recipient of an honorary doctorate at the May 8, 2010 morning cemmencement ceremony. Photo courtesy of Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal.

Gordon Viere '75, accounting graduate Commencement speaker Meggie Mapes, a communication studies interdepartmental major from LeMars, Iowa. 

St. Cloud State University will hold two undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 8, at 10:30 a.m. and at 3 p.m.  Approximately 1,300 undergraduate and graduate students will participate in the ceremonies at the National Hockey Center on campus.

View live Webcasts of both ceremonies.

During the morning ceremony, an honorary doctorate will be bestowed upon Gordon Viere ’75, CEO of Larson, Allen, Weishair & Co., LLP – one of America’s 20 largest accounting and consulting firms located in the Twin Cities. In the 35 years since he graduated with a degree in accounting, Viere has risen to the top of his field – an outstanding achievement for a modest man who grew up in St. Rosa with a population of 60.

Viere came to St. Cloud State as a transfer student from Bemidji State. With a schedule that often packed more than 40 hours of work a week at Tempo discount store in downtown St. Cloud and a full course load, Viere said he still did "pretty well" as a student. From his university days of juggling work and studies, Viere developed the discipline, leadership skills and commitment that have taken him to the top of his game. "I learned that if you set your mind to something it’s amazing what you can accomplish," Viere said.

The afternoon commencement speaker is Meggie Mapes, a communication studies interdepartmental major from LeMars, Iowa. She is graduating with Summa Cum Laude honors.

A member of Lambda Pi Eta and the British club, Mapes is also a volunteer in the Alnwick, England study-abroad program, worked on a number of political campaigns, a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and served as a tutor in the Academic Learning Center.

Mapes has been awarded with a graduate assistantship at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale where she will attend and continue her communication studies. Beyond academics, her aspirations are to become a political leader or work for a non-profit organization.

Students earning degrees from the G.R. Herberger College of Business, the College of Social Sciences, and Continuing Studies will participate in the 10:30 a.m. ceremony. The afternoon ceremony will honor students graduating from the College of Education, the College of Fine Arts and Humanities, and the College of Science and Engineering. St. Cloud Mayor, Dave Kleis '89, will make brief remarks at each ceremony and degrees will be conferred by St. Cloud State President Earl H. Potter III.

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