North Dakota State College of Science will be holding commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 13 at 3 p.m. in the Ed Werre Arena within the Clair T. Blikre Activities Center in Wahpeton, N.D. Six hundred and eighty-three Wahpeton, Fargo and online students will graduate and Harlan Arneson will be honored as Faculty Emeritus.
Students from 16 states, one Canadian province and three international countries, Germany, Russian and Jamaica, will be graduating with Associate in Arts, Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science degrees, as well as Certificates and Diplomas in 33 areas of discipline. One hundred and forty-four of these graduates will be recognized with a Scholastic Achievement Award for earning a grade point average of 3.5 or above.
Mathematics and Science Associate Professor Max Reinke will be the Grand Marshal, the Invocation will be given by student Emily Kompelien and remarks will be made by Reeann Magandy, Student Senate President. The Wildcat Singers and Stage Band will also perform.
Harlan Arneson will be the Emeritus recipient this year. He began his teaching career at NDSCS in the automotive technology department in 1971 and instructed over 3,000 students, including many of the present NDSCS automotive technology staff. During his 37 years of service to NDSCS, he started the Master Technician program, a third year option for automotive and diesel students, coached the first NDSCS students to the national SkillsUSA contest and became department chairman. He worked diligently to create a partnership with the North Dakota Automotive Dealers Association, which has provided NDSCS auto students numerous opportunities for internships, training and work opportunities. He holds an A.A.S. degree from NDSCS in Automotive Technology.