The University of North Dakota summer commencement ceremony will take place Friday, Aug. 8, at 3 p.m. at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. The commencement will be broadcast live on Grand Forks Cable Channel 3, also at 3 p.m.
A rebroadcast is scheduled Aug. 12-15 at noon and 8 p.m., on Grand Forks Cable Channel 3.
UND President Robert Kelley will be presiding over his seventh summer commencement ceremony. About 530 students are eligible to graduate this summer. Each year UND graduates more than 2,700 students in ceremonies in May, August and December.
There are two honorary Doctor of Letters degrees that will be awarded during this year's summer commencement. These degrees will be given to Karen Nyberg and Linda Pancratz.
Nyberg, a Vining, Minn. native, graduated summa cum laude with a degree in mechanical engineering from UND in 1994, and has since become a flight engineer for NASA. She became the 50th woman in space on her first mission in 2008. Collectively she spent 180 days in space from 2008 to 2013. She even delivered UND's 2013 summer commencement speech from the International Space Station.
Pancratz, a Grand Forks, N.D. native, graduated from UND in 1976 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. She is the chairman and chief executive officer of the investment company Mountain Capital LLC. Under her former leadership of Thomson Directories Limited, an international database company that organizes directories, the company was recognized as one of "Top 100 Companies in the U.K.," and was dubbed the "Best Small Pension Scheme in the U.K." Pancratz currently serves on the UND Foundational Board of Directors and UND Alumni Association.
Graduation is a time to salute academic excellence and personal achievement, as well as honoring traditions and embracing new opportunities.
The commencement ceremony is open to families and the general public, and honors each graduate individually for his/her achievements. Please join us to celebrate this exceptional University event.
DVDs of the ceremony will be available at the UND Bookstore. To purchase a copy, contact the bookstore at 701-777-4980.