Nearly 900 MSUM students graduate

The COVID-19 pandemic required Minnesota State Chancellor Devinder Malhotra to make the decision to cancel in-person spring commencement ceremonies across the Minnesota State system. As the capstone celebration of the college experience, commencement is one of our favorite days of the year.

Minnesota State University Moorhead will celebrate the class of 2020 in a variety of ways this week. The class also has an open invitation to walk in a future commencement ceremony.

In a letter to the Class of 2020, President Anne Blackhurst wrote: “You will forever be recognized for your grit, applauded for your humility during difficult times, and remembered for the heart you have shown. Your Dragon family is filled with pride at your resilience and accomplishments. You are ready to transform the world.”

MSUM will award degrees to nearly 700 undergraduate students and nearly 200 graduate students, including the university’s first cohort of doctoral students, 13 graduates earning the doctor of education in educational leadership (Ed.D.).


People can tweet congratulations to the graduates using #MSUM2020.

Casey Coombs and Emily Harmon, both graduates of Aitkin High School.

Knowlen earns degree from MSU

Minnesota State University, Mankato awarded 2,367 degrees to 2,294 students at the end of the spring 2020 semester, with this spring’s graduates celebrated through a special website that launched May 9.

Each graduate also received personalized URL video messages by email and “commencement-in-a-box” packages were shipped to each graduate the week before graduation.

Aitkin’s Jennifer Knowlen was among the graduates.

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