PHOTOS and VIDEO: Spring Commencement 2022
Nearly 2,000 graduates ‘commenced’ the next chapters of their careers in two UND commencement ceremonies on May 14
Have a good attitude.
Make a difference every day.
On beyond UND, those are the habits that will help graduates lead successful and fulfilling lives, said Dr. Casey Ryan, chair of the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education, at Spring Commencement to the more than 1,100 graduating seniors with the UND Class of 2022. In ceremonies earlier in the day and over the previous week, some 639 graduate and doctoral students, 63 law graduates and 69 graduating physicians also received their degrees.
“You’ve all been in a system of grades,” Ryan noted. “You had to do it in high school, you’ve done it in college, and your grades have been a component of who you are. But for those of you who are moving out of the educational system, you won’t be judged by the typical grading system.”
Instead, the judgement will measure “how you deal with people,” he added. But rest assured, UND has equipped its graduates to succeed in this area, too; “and the fact that you’re here today says you have the right stuff to move your life to another level.”
Also on May 14, honorary degrees were conferred on Food Network star and local resident Molly Yeh, business leader and philanthropist Henry Herr, and entrepreneur Delore Zimmerman during the afternoon ceremony. In the morning, the graduate degrees commencement included the presentation of two new Chester Fritz Distinguished Professors: Glenda Lindseth and Sean Valentine, both of whom earned UND’s highest academic honor.
Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, chief of space operations for the U.S. Space Force, gave the main address at both commencement ceremonies on May 14.
Featured here are a selection of photos from Spring Commencement 2022. In addition, a video of the Undergraduate Degrees Ceremony is above, and a video of the Doctoral and Master’s Degree Ceremony also is available at UND’s YouTube.com page.