International and Study Abroad Students Stand Out at Winter Commencement

Northern State University graduates wearing international sashes at the winter graduation ceremony. Photo courtesy of Greg Smith and Northern State University.

   “The world is so tight. The world is so small” stated Provost Alan LaFave during the ceremony congratulating both international and study abroad graduates of the winter commencement during an important milestone in their lives.
   On December 3, Lincoln Gallery hosted friends and families of the graduates as well as faculty from the School of Business, School of Education, School of Fine Arts, and the E-learning Program. Representative members and deans gathered together to offer each of the graduates a sash to wear at the commencement, a token of accomplishment and recognition from the Northern community.
   During the ceremony, international students were honored with a sash consisting of two colors: on one side, gold as the color representing Northern, and on the other, the flag of their home country. For Northern students who studied abroad, the sash is also designed in two colors: on one side, gold representing Northern, and on the other, the flag of the country where the student studied abroad.

When you live, you are a student of Northern, and when you die, you’re still a student of Northern.
Willard Broucek, Dean of the School of Business

   The ceremony started with the Provost’s welcome and then introductions of the faculty members. The Dean of the School of Business, Dr. Willard Broucek, stated, “When you live, you are a student of Northern, and when you die, you’re still a student of Northern.”
   The students honored at the ceremony from the School of Business include: Darya Agapova from Ukraine, Melissa Salcedo from Peru, Ruth Kinyanjui from Kenya, Ashley Daughters, who studied in South Korea and Chile, Lauren Marshall, who studied in Germany. Eryn Yancy was also honored, but could not attend as she was studying in France.
   Representing the School of Education, Dr. Kelly Duncan offered the sashes to Maria Shahid from Pakistan and Sithembiso Tamhla from Zimbabwe.
   From the E-Learning program. Dr. Gregory Francom offered a sash to Xuha Shi from China.
   Representing the School of Fine Arts, Liz Hanum presented study abroad sashes to Shaina Lyn and Marie Sein.
   Students bore the sashes they received at the winter commencement ceremony held in the Barnett Center on December 5.


Vinh Nguyen
Staff Writer

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