Grad caps from behind at commencement

ABERDEEN, S.D. – On Saturday, May 6, 266 students will graduate at Northern State University’s spring commencement ceremony.

The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. in the Barnett Center. The event will be live streamed through the NSU Facebook page, the NSU Graduation and Commencement page, and locally through cable channel 12.

NSU alumna Nichole Bowman will deliver the commencement address. Bowman, who teaches math at T.F. Riggs High School in Pierre, is a 2007 Northern graduate and winner of the prestigious Milken Educator Award.

Northern’s spring graduates are listed below, grouped alphabetically by city and state:


Megan Kingsriter, Searcy (M.S.Ed. Counseling: Clinical Mental Health)


Jacob Cross, Gilbert (M.S.Ed. Teaching and Learning)


Joshua Blakely, Whittier (B.S. Medical Laboratory Science, A.S. Biotechnology)


Taylor Buckley, Colorado Springs (B.S. Human Performance) *
Marshall Barrer, Fort Collins (B.A. Criminal Justice)


Delaney Ryken, Ames (B.S.Ed. Elementary Education) ***
Sydney Roskens, Everly (M.S. Banking and Financial Services)
Kelsey Dinkla, Guthrie Center (Master of Music Education)
Brady Janssen, Iowa Falls (B.S. Psychology)    
Danae Coleman, Pleasant Hill (Master of Music Education)    
Alec Schoof, Primghar (M.S.Ed. Sports Performance and Leadership)    
Kaitlyn Morrison, Woodbine (B.S.Ed. Elementary Education) *


Christian McAlvain, Meridian (M.S.Ed. Educational Studies)    
George Bolling, Orofino (B.S. Environmental Science)


Chelsea Nguyen, Chicago (Master of Music Education) 
Collin Olla-Chatman, Chicago (B.S. Sport Marketing and Administration)


Delanee Grier, Fort Wayne (B.S.Ed. in Honoribus Mathematics) **    


Gail Colombo, Middleboro (Master of Music Education)


Nicholas Flattum, Annandale (Master of Music Education)
Victoria Kolbinger, Becker (B.S. in Honoribus Biology) **    
Kai Brisk, Buffalo (B.A. Art: Fine Arts)    
Logan Grossinger, Buffalo (B.S. Human Performance)
Kennedy Sohler, Buffalo (B.S.Ed. Elementary Education) **    
Elizabeth Votava, Buffalo (BGS General Studies)
Kyle Boeser, Burnsville (Master of Music Education)    
Alexa Sutherland, Cambridge (B.S. Human Performance)
Noah Crosbie, Coon Rapids (B.S. Human Performance)
Jack Paulson, Delano (B.S. Business Administration)
Samuel Fuller, Evansville (B.S. in Honoribus Psychology)
Kristen Kokett, Evansville (B.S. Human Performance)
DeAnna LeMire, Fridley (B.A. Communication Studies)
Brooke Thielbar, Luverne (Master of Music Education)
Katherine Pickering, Moorhead (B.S.Ed. Elementary Education; Special Education)
Abbie Dahl, Newfolden (M.S.Ed. Teaching and Learning)
Laynee Hetland, Osakis (B.S. Biology)    
Blakemon Ask, Plymouth (B.S. Sport Marketing and Administration) *
Cole Carney, Prior Lake (A.A. General Studies) ^^    
Jacob Muhich, Rogers (B.S. Human Performance)    
Tara Bierschbach, Saint Joseph (Master of Music Education)
Jacob Schloe, Sauk Rapids (B.S. Biology, Allied Health Certificate) *
Jacob Swanson, South Saint Paul (B.A. Theatre)
Emma White, South Saint Paul (B.S.Ed. Elementary Education)
Kristine Larsen, Springfield (M.S. Banking and Financial Services)
Brendon Canavan, Willmar (Master of Music Education)
Emily Shores, Zumbrota (Master of Music Education)


Keri Walker, Manchester (B.S.Ed. English) *


Kailee Oliverson, Cardwell (B.S. Psychology)


William Madler, Bismarck (B.S. Finance) ***    
Jacob Rader, Bismarck (B.A. History)
Katrina Weigel, Edgeley (BME Music Education: Instrumental)    
Carolyn Endres, Ellendale (B.S. Marketing) *
Clayton Grueneich, Ellendale (B.A. History) *
Christina Prince, Mandan (Master of Music Education)
Mayson Sheldon, Mandan (B.A. in Honoribus Criminal Justice) **    
Pamela McGregor, Oakes (B.A. Criminal Justice; Sociology)    
Brandon Steinhauer, West Fargo (B.S. Management Information Systems)    


McKenna Smith, Blair (B.A. Communication Studies; Government)
James Burks III, Omaha (A.A. General Studies)


Brennan Kutterer, Henderson (M.S.Ed. Sports Performance and Leadership)
Brian Baker, Reno (B.S. Marketing) ***
Nikolas Pezonella, Sparks (B.S. Human Performance)


Linda Kiekel, Johnson City (Master of Music Education)


Alexis Benson, Langhorne (B.S.Ed. Elementary Education) *


Madison Aguirre, Aberdeen (M.S.Ed. Teaching and Learning)
Claire Angerhofer, Aberdeen (B.S. Human Performance)
Jessica Appl, Aberdeen (M.S.Ed. Educational Studies)
Alexander Bellefeuille, Aberdeen (M.S.Ed. Educational Studies)
Todd Bitz, Aberdeen (B.A. History)
Ashley Bruzek, Aberdeen (M.S. Banking and Financial Services)
Isaiah Cherrier, Aberdeen (B.S. Human Performance)
Hagen Clark, Aberdeen (B.S. Management Information Systems)    
McKenzie Cordie, Aberdeen (B.S. Psychology, B.A. Sociology) **
Emilie Crosby, Aberdeen (BFA Studio Art)
Bailey Dinger, Aberdeen (B.S. Business Administration)    
Kensington Kranzler, Aberdeen (B.S. Biology)
Grant Farmer, Aberdeen (M.S.Ed. Sports Performance and Leadership)
Katie Fischer, Aberdeen (M.S.Ed. Special Education: Visual Impairments)
Landen Fischer, Aberdeen (B.S. Sport Marketing and Administration)
Mason Flakus, Aberdeen (B.S. Management)
Alexys Forred, Aberdeen (BFA Digital Media) *
Zoey Gab, Aberdeen (M.S.Ed. Educational Studies)
Maria Garcia, Aberdeen (B.S. Psychology)  
Ceylie Gergen, Aberdeen (B.A. Music) *
Emeline Glover, Aberdeen (M.S.Ed. Educational Studies)    
Alexis Greshik, Aberdeen (B.S. Management)
Makayla Hauck, Aberdeen (B.S. Psychology, B.A. Communication Studies)
Cody He Crow, Aberdeen (A.A. General Studies)
Sydney Hepperle, Aberdeen (B.S.Ed. Elementary Education) ***
Kendra Hinz, Aberdeen (B.S. Management; Management Information Systems) ***
Taylor Hoelscher, Aberdeen (B.S. Marketing)
Teiara Holmstrom, Aberdeen (B.A. English)
Maria Htoo, Aberdeen (B.A. Sociology; Criminal Justice)
Ramsey Johnsen, Aberdeen (B.S. Finance; Accounting)
Derek Johnson, Aberdeen (B.S. Sport Marketing and Administration) *    
Ashley Kleinsasser, Aberdeen (M.S.Ed. Counseling: Clinical Mental Health)    
Grace Kramer, Aberdeen (B.S. in Honoribus Biochemistry) **    
Caleb Kranzler, Aberdeen (B.S. Biology)
Ashlie Lahammer, Aberdeen (B.A. English)
John Litwiller III, Aberdeen (BGS General Studies)
Ashley Lopes, Aberdeen (A.S. Business Administration)
Matthew Maag, Aberdeen (B.A. Sociology, B.S. Psychology)    
Jackson Martens, Aberdeen (BGS General Studies)
Samuel Masten, Aberdeen (B.S. Sport Marketing and Administration) *
Nathan McLeod, Aberdeen (B.S.Ed. Mathematics)
Dawson McNeil, Aberdeen (B.S. Banking and Financial Services)
CarLee Mechels, Aberdeen (M.S.Ed. Sports Performance and Leadership)
Layne Neiber, Aberdeen (A.A. General Studies)
Trinity Martin, Aberdeen (BFA Digital Media)
Laura Ochsner, Aberdeen (B.S.Ed. Elementary Education)
Madeline Orr, Aberdeen (BGS General Studies) 
Abbigail Patton, Aberdeen (B.A. Art: Fine Arts)
Rosa Paw-Ktaw, Aberdeen (B.S. Management) *
Isabela Polanco Garcia, Aberdeen (B.S. Sport Marketing and Administration) *
Makayla Pulfrey, Aberdeen (M.S.Ed. Sports Performance and Leadership)
Sydney Raap, Aberdeen (BFA    Digital Media, Arts Administration Certificate) *
Reece Ragatz, Aberdeen (B.S. Sport Marketing and Administration)    
Augustin Reede, Aberdeen (B.S. Accounting)
Roberta Rernleitner, Aberdeen (B.S. Psychology, A.A. Criminal Justice) **^^
Cason Ringgenberg, Aberdeen (M.S. Banking and Financial Services)
Laurie Rogers, Aberdeen (B.S. in Honoribus Biology; Chemistry) ***
Camryn Romig, Aberdeen (B.S.Ed. in Honoribus Elementary Education) **
Kenissa Ross, Aberdeen (B.A. in Honoribus English) *    
Tiffany Russell, Aberdeen (A.S. Business Administration)    
Esther Santiago, Aberdeen (BFA Digital Media) *    
Caleb Schlekeway, Aberdeen (B.A. History)
Rhianna Schmidt, Aberdeen (B.S. Psychology) *
Julia Schriver, Aberdeen (A.S. Business Administration) ^    
Scott Slater, Aberdeen (M.S.Ed. Sports Performance and Leadership)
Levi Stern, Aberdeen (BFA Studio Art)
Dillon Stoebner, Aberdeen (A.S. Business Administration)
Megan Tiede, Aberdeen (B.S.Ed. Elementary Education; Special Education) ***
Ricardo Twinawe, Aberdeen (B.A. Criminal Justice)
Elizabeth Wagner, Aberdeen    (B.S. Biology, Allied Health Certificate) **
Matthew Weber, Aberdeen (B.S. Business Administration)    
Chelsea Ashmore, Aberdeen (M.S.Ed. Teaching and Learning)
Mariah William, Aberdeen (B.S.Ed. in Honoribus Elementary Education) ***    
Ezekiel Wills, Aberdeen (M.S.Ed. Counseling: School Counseling; Clinical Mental Health)
Stephanie Wills, Aberdeen (A.S. Biotechnology)
Michael Wirth, Aberdeen (B.S. Accounting)
Amy Spilde, Arlington (M.S.Ed. Special Education)
Jaden Karst, Bath (B.S. Business Administration)
David Van Gelder, Beresford (B.S. Business Administration)
Sara Capp, Big Stone City (B.S. Accounting)
Kathryn Davis, Brandon (M.S.Ed. Educational Studies)
Connor Knecht, Brandon (B.S. Accounting) **    
Mya Hagenson, Britton (B.S. Human Performance)
Emma Storley, Britton (B.A. English) ***
Autumn Trevithick, Britton (A.A. General Studies)
Elizabeth Hofer, Bruce (B.S. Psychology) **
Camille Koenig, Chamberlain (B.A. Criminal Justice) *    
Kenzie Hamann, Clear Lake (B.S. Accounting) ***    
Jasmine Schaller, Conde (M.S.Ed. Sports Performance and Leadership)
Jade Barse, Corsica (B.S.Ed. Elementary Education)
Andrew Holland, De Smet (B.S. Biology)
Abigail Breitling, Dell Rapids (B.S.Ed. Special Education) *
Maria Jackson, Dell Rapids (B.S.Ed. Special Education) ***    
Tiffany Moore, Dupree (M.S.Ed. Leadership and Administration)
Tayzia Claymore-Knight, Eagle Butte (B.A. Communication Studies)    
Megan Weber, Eureka (B.S.Ed. Elementary Education) ***
Pamela Hadrick, Faulkton (M.S.Ed. Leadership and Administration)    
Carli Flemmer, Frederick (M.S.Ed. Teaching and Learning)
Miranda Lai, Frederick (B.S. Business Administration) **
Haley Wenger, Gregory (B.S. Management) ***    
Jacob Eddy, Groton (M.S.Ed. Counseling: Clinical Mental Health)
Kelby Hawkins, Groton (M.S.Ed. Educational Studies)
Dylan Krueger, Groton (B.S.Ed. Special Education)
Wyatt Turnquist, Hamill (BGS General Studies) *
Madalyn Schumacher, Herreid (B.S.Ed. Elementary Education)
Olivia Christensen, Hitchcock (B.S.Ed. English, B.A. English) **
Taren Tschetter, Hitchcock (B.S.Ed. in Honoribus Biology) **
Ashley Blocker, Hosmer (B.A. Sociology; Criminal Justice) ***
Brianna Moen, Hosmer (A.A. General Studies)
Cassandra Buchholz, Huron (M.S. Accounting Analytics)
Jamie Holforty, Huron (B.S.Ed. Elementary Education)
Brevan Hooks, Huron (B.S.Ed. Physical Education) *
Kristin Paye, Huron (A.A. General Studies) ^
Taner Sporrer, Huron (B.S. Human Performance)
James Stueckrath, Huron (Master of Music Education)
Reese Uecker, Huron (B.A. Theatre)
Olivia Gohl, Ipswich (BFA Digital Media) **
Abby Flanery, Lake City (M.S. Banking and Financial Services)
Spencer Christensen, Lead (B.A. Criminal Justice) **
Jessica Colville, Lemmon (B.A. in Honoribus English; History) ***
Brittany Preller, Milbank (B.S. Human Performance)
Kelby Tracy, Miller (M.S. Banking and Financial Services)
Jaxon Block, Mina (B.S. Banking and Financial Services)
Amy Mielke, Mobridge (M.S.Ed. Counseling: Clinical Mental Health)
Peyton Nelson, Mount Vernon (B.S.Ed. Elementary Education; Special Education) **
Caleb Schentzel, Northville (B.S.Ed. History) *
Alyssa Meyer, Orient (B.S. Business Administration)    ***    
Justice Swift-Red Hawk, Piedmont (M.S.Ed. Counseling: Clinical Mental Health)
Katlynn Wolf, Piedmont (M.S.Ed. Sports Performance and Leadership)
Carly Handcock, Pierre (B.S. Accounting)
Bradley Richards, Pierre (B.S. Business Administration)
Allison Schaefbauer, Pierre (M.S. Accounting Analytics)
Hailey Switzer, Pierre (B.S.Ed. Elementary Education)
Madison March, Rapid City (BME Music Education: Instrumental) ***
Harleigh Stange, Rapid City (BGS General Studies)
Stephanie Shuster, Rapid City (B.S. Psychology)
Angela Falk, Redfield (School Administration Graduate Certificate)    
Jordann Hansen, Redfield (School Administration Graduate Certificate)
Austin Herrboldt, Salem (Master of Music Education)
Rachel Doll, Sioux Falls (B.S. Accounting)
Reagan Elrod, Sioux Falls (B.S. Biology)
Heaven Fettig, Sioux Falls (A.A. Criminal Justice)
Brandon Ford, Sioux Falls (B.S. Accounting)
Adrianna Heinert, Sioux Falls (M.S.Ed. Special Education: Visual Impairments)
Alysa Hershman, Sioux Falls (Master of  Music Education)
Lennon Keller, Sioux Falls (B.S.Ed. History) **
Christen Kessler, Sioux Falls (B.S.Ed. English)    *
Ethan Kurtz, Sioux Falls (B.S. Mathematics, Quantitative Analytics in Science Certificate) *
Austin Portner, Sioux Falls (B.S. Human Performance) **
Mitchell Tolk, Sioux Falls (B.S. Finance)
Ellen Weber, Sioux Falls (M.S.Ed. Teaching and Learning)
Christine Stoltenberg, Stratford (B.S. Accounting) ***
Brittany Delzer, Sturgis (B.S.Ed. Elementary Education) ***
Dillon Jensen, Summerset (A.A. Criminal Justice)
Brooke Palleschi, Tea (M.S.Ed. Teaching and Learning)
Jessica Stockert, Vale (B.S. in Honoribus Medical Laboratory Science, A.S. Biotechnology) **^^
Allison King, Virgil (B.S.Ed. Elementary Education; Special Education) ***
Justin Thorpe, Vivian (M.S.Ed. Leadership and Administration)
Austin Dreyer, Warner (A.A. General Studies)
Micah Baldwin, Watertown (B.S.Ed. Elementary Education) **
Robert Coyle III, Watertown (M.S.Ed. Special Education)
Kelsey Heller, Watertown (M.S.Ed. Leadership and Administration)    
Brenna Herting, Watertown (B.S.Ed. Elementary Education) ***
Anna Hoffman, Watertown (B.S. Medical Laboratory Science, A.S. Biotechnology) *^
Katelyn Howard, Watertown (M.S.Ed. Teaching and Learning)
Bryce LeBlanc, Watertown (B.S. Business Administration)
Erin McNulty, Watertown (B.S. Banking and Financial Services) *
Hannah Mielitz, Watertown (B.S. Biology; Environmental Science) **
Kahden Mooney, Watertown (B.A. in Honoribus History)
Trajan Schmidt, Watertown (B.S. Accounting)
Kaylee St. Sauver, Watertown (M.S.Ed. Leadership and Administration)
Drew Veflin, Watertown (B.S. in Honoribus Psychology) ***    
Justus St. Sauver, Watertown (M.S.Ed. Leadership and Administration)
Sara Thyen, Waverly (B.S.Ed. Elementary Education; Special Education) ***    
Maray Larson, Webster (B.A. English)
Melissa Ulber, Webster (B.A. Music)
Brady Duxbury, Wessington Springs (M.S.Ed. Leadership and Administration)
McKenzie Hassebroek, Westport (B.S. in Honoribus Psychology, B.A. in Honoribus Sociology, Behavioral Forensic Sciences Certificate) *
Reece Moehlenbrink, Wetonka (B.S.Ed. History, Public History Certificate)
Ashley Landmark, White (B.S. Marketing)
Dalton Baker, Winner (B.S. Sport Marketing and Administration) **


Jessi Hernandez, El Paso (B.S. Medical Laboratory Science; A.S. Biotechnology) ***^^^
Ewele Okoh, Houston (B.A. Government)
Kari Wichner, Jarrell (B.A. Spanish) *    
Felipe Alvear, Katy (M.S.Ed. Educational Studies)
Thomas Wolf, Lubbock (B.S. Sport Marketing and Administration)


Sione Fehoko Jr., West Valley City (BGS General Studies)


Eleanor Calvert, Chesapeake (M.S. Banking and Financial Services)
Kennedy Davis, Fairfax (B.S. in Honoribus Biochemistry, B.A. in Honoribus German, Allied Health Certificate) ***    


Taite Hensley, Kelso (B.S. Human Performance) **


Megan Jakubowski, Slinger (Master of Music Education)
Meghan Anderson, Verona (B.S. Marketing)
Madisyn Filber   , West Bend (B.A. English)


Mary Zavodny, Casper (Master of Music Education)
McCaden Anderson, Lander (A.A. General Studies)
Jorge Garcia, Pine Bluffs (General Studies)


Ai Qiang, China (B.S.Ed. in Honoribus Mathematics; B.S. in Honoribus Mathematics) *
Hannah Kiernan, Bradford, Ontario, Canada (B.S. Human Performance) **    
Rachel Goetz, Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada (Master of Music Education)
Kristy Tillman, Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada (Master of Music Education)
Shawney Coenraad, Oranjestad, Aruba (B.S. Human Performance) *
Giovanni Arieta, Sanremo, Italy (M.S.Ed. Sports Performance and Leadership)
Lilja Davidsdottir, Iceland (B.S. Human Performance; Psychology) *
Lauren Forsyth, South Africa (B.S. in Honoribus Environmental Science) ***    


*** Candidate for Summa Cum Laude 
** Candidate for Magna Cum Laude 
* Candidate for Cum Laude
^^^ Candidate for Highest Honor 
^^ Candidate for High Honor 
^ Candidate for Honor

About Northern State University  

Northern State University is a student-centered institution that provides an outstanding educational experience, preparing students through the liberal arts and professional education for their future endeavors. A regional university, Northern offers rigorous academics; diverse civic, social and cultural opportunities; and a commitment to building an inclusive environment for all points of view. Northern also offers a broad-based athletics program, sponsoring 15 NCAA Division II intercollegiate varsity sports that compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NSIC). The university strives to enrich the community through partnerships such as its Educational Impact Campaign, which opened a new South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired; new athletic and recreation fields; and an on-campus regional sports complex. With the $55 million campaign, NSU has been the recipient of more than $150 million in privately funded building projects and scholarships within a decade. To learn more, visit NSU Admissions.