MEDIA ADVISORY: UND to hold Media Availability for U.S. Space Force chief, Gen. John Raymond, and ‘Food Network’ star Molly Yeh at spring commencement May 14

News and assignment editors should RSVP David Dodds, UND Communications Director, by 5 p.m., Thursday, May 12, for coordinating details

What: Media Availability for UND spring commencement speaker, U.S. Chief of Space Operations, Gen. John Raymond; and Food Network star and UND honorary degree designee Molly Yeh.

When: 11 a.m. – noon, on Saturday, May 14.

Where: Alerus Center in Grand Forks (more detailed media availability information will be given upon RSVP)

RSVP details: To RSVP, email your interest to David Dodds at david.dodds@und.edu; before 5 p.m., Thursday, May 12.

More background:

Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, chief of space operations for the U.S. Space Force, will give the main address at UND commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 14.

Raymond will speak for both the graduate degrees ceremony at 9 a.m., and the undergraduate degrees ceremony at 2 p.m., at Alerus Center, just south of the UND campus.

Candidates eligible for graduation number almost 2,000, with 639 graduate and doctoral students, 1,128 bachelor’s degree candidates, 63 law graduates, and 69 who will receive their M.D. degree. An additional 13 law students who graduated in December will be recognized at the School of Law commencement ceremony on May 7.

UND President Andrew Armacost will preside.

Honoring Molly

Also on May 14, honorary degrees will be conferred on three individuals with connections to UND, including best-selling author, blogger and Food Network star Molly Yeh. Molly resides on a farm near Grand Forks/East Grand Forks, with her husband, Nick, and their family growing family.

About Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond:

Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond

Gen. Raymond, the chief of space operations for the U.S. Space Force, is responsible for organizing, training and equipping Guardians  serving in the U.S. and overseas. As a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the general and other service chiefs function as military advisers to the Secretary of Defense, National Security Council and the President.

Commissioned through the ROTC program at Clemson University in 1984, Gen. Raymond has commanded at squadron, group, wing, numbered Air Force, major command and combatant command levels. His first assignment placed him at the Grand Forks Air Force Base from 1985 to 1989, where he met his future wife, Mollie, then a UND student.

Notable staff assignments include serving in the Office of Force Transformation, Office of the Secretary of Defense; the director of Plans, Programs and Analyses at Air Force Space Command; the director of Plans and Policy (J5), U.S. Strategic Command; and the deputy chief of staff for Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force.

In 2021, Gen. Raymond and UND President Andy Armacost signed a historic agreement between the Space Force and UND – an agreement making UND the first member of the Space Force’s University Partnership Program.

About Molly Yeh:

Molly Yeh

Molly Yeh is an award-winning food blogger, cookbook author and host of Food Network’s “Girl Meets Farm.”

Originally from Chicago, Yeh graduated from The Julliard School in New York City with a Bachelor of Music degree in percussion in 2011. It was at Julliard where she met her future husband, a fifth-generation farmer from the Greater Grand Forks region.

Her blog was named Food Blog of the Year by both Yahoo and Saveur Magazine in 2015, and she has since contributed to many prominent magazines such as Conde Nast Traveler and Food 52. Her debut cookbook, “Molly on the Range: Recipes and stories from an unlikely life on a farm,” won the Judges’ Choice IACP Cookbook Award in 2017.

In 2018, she published her second book, “Yogurt,” and her upcoming cookbook, “Home is Where the Eggs Are,” is set to publish this September.

In June 2018, the Food Network debuted “Girl Meets Farm,” a show starring Yeh that’s filmed at her East Grand Forks home. More than 100 episodes of “Girl Meets Farm” have aired to date, and Yeh was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Culinary Host in 2019.

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