St. Scholastica to hold fall 2017 commencement

The College of St. Scholastica will hold its fall 2017 commencement ceremony at noon Saturday, Dec. 16 in Reif Gymnasium in the Burns Wellness Commons on campus.

Of 664 candidates for graduation, 370 are undergraduate students and 295 are graduate students. A total of about 275 students are expected to participate in the commencement ceremony.

Among undergraduates, the most popular majors are nursing, social work and management. The top degrees for graduate students are the Master’s of Business Administration, Doctorate of Physical Therapy and Master’s of Education.

A traditional processional of College faculty and administrative leaders will be led by the Duluth Scottish Heritage Pipers, featuring David Bouschor and David Vosen. The American Indian drum group Wolf Clan will perform “Honor Song,” and alumni Bianca Aspin, class of 2016, and Emily Valine, class of 2013, will lead the audience in “America the Beautiful.”

Following an invocation and welcome from Board of Trustees Chairman Christopher Dolan, class of 2001, the commencement address will be provided by 2014 MBA graduate Fred Lewis II, CEO for North Shore Bank of Commerce.

After a musical interlude from the St. Scholastica Steel Band, the student address will be provided by Fred Legaspi, who is a candidate for a double-major Master of Science in Health Information Management and Information Technology Leadership.

Dr. Wolfgang Natter, Vice President for Academic Affairs, will present the candidates for graduation. Degrees will be conferred by Dr. Colette Geary, President of the College.

A reception will immediately follow the ceremony, in Storm’s Den on the ground floor of Tower Hall.

The College of St. Scholastica is nationally recognized for quality. Rankings by U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, and Money magazine classify it as one of the Midwest’s top regional universities. Learn more at

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