Michael_Holmes.jpgGraduation day at Mayville State University, Mayville, N.D., has been set for May 11, 2013. Activities for the day will include the Good Grad Morning open house, commencement exercises, and a reception in honor of graduates.

Festivities will begin with the Good Grad Morning open house, which will be held from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Luckasen Room at Mayville State. A short program will begin at 12:00 noon. Rami Carlson, Northwood, N.D., will be speaking on behalf of the Class of 2013.

The members of the graduating class will be the guests of honor at the event. It is also open to MSU faculty and staff and friends and family of the graduates. Sponsored by the Mayville State University Alumni Association, Good Grad Morning is considered the first official alumni event for the graduates.

Commencement exercises will follow, at 2:00 p.m., in MSU’s Lewy Lee Fieldhouse. The commencement address will be given by 1984 Mayville State University graduate Michael J. Holmes. Current graduates Elizabeth Jemar, Eagle River, Alaska; Todd Olson, Grand Forks, N.D.; and Jay Dyck, Calgary, Alberta; will speak on behalf of the graduates. State Board of Higher Education student member Dr. Douglas Munski, Grand Forks, N.D., will bring greetings on behalf of the Board.

Following the commencement ceremony, Mayville State faculty, staff, and administration will host a reception in honor of the graduates. It will be held at the Luckasen Room in Mayville State’s Campus Center. The reception is open to the graduates and their guests.

Good Grad Morning Student Speaker

Rami Carlson will receive a Bachelor of Science in Education degree. She has earned a major in elementary education and will graduate with summa cum laude honors. Rami has been active with numerous activities on campus. Her parents are Jim and Lori Carlson of Northwood, N.D.

Keynote Speaker

Michael J. Holmes, Thompson, N.D., is a deputy associate director for research at the Energy & Environmental Research Center, University of North Dakota. He currently oversees fossil and energy research areas. Mr. Holmes earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and mathematics from Mayville State in 1984, and later earned a Master of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of North Dakota. He is an executive member and serves on the board of directors of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association and has been the recipient of the Lignite Energy Council Distinguished Service Awards for both Government Action Program (Regulatory) (2005) and Research and Development (2003). Mr. Holmes has authored or coauthored more than 120 professional publications and 12 U.S. patents. He was bestowed the Mayville State University Distinguished Alumni Award in 2011, and was inducted into the Mayville State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995.

Student Commencement Speakers


Elizabeth Jemar is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree. Her major is English and minor is library information sciences. She has earned cum laude honors. Elizabeth participated in the Larson Leadership Program, and has been the recipient of Mayville State scholarships. She is a dean’s list student and served as an English tutor, peer leader, and student editor for the Mayville State student newspaper, The Orbit. She was active in Student Education Association and Campus Crusade at Mayville State, and volunteered as an AWANA leader and Sunday School teacher while in college. Elizabeth is the daughter of John and Cheryl Jemar from Eagle River, Alaska.

Todd Olson completed the requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, earning specializations in banking, finance, and real estate, in December of 2012. He was a dean’s list student and is graduating with summa cum laude honors. Todd was named a Mayville State Student of the Year in 2012 and 2013. He played varsity football and earned Academic All-Conference honors in 2010, 2011, and 2012, and Academic All-American honors in 2011 and 2012. Todd was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges in the fall of 2012. He was a member of Mayville State’s Collegiate DECA chapter, and served as the group’s president. Todd is the son of Mike and Nanci Olson of Grand Forks, N.D.

Jay Dyck completed the requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration in December of 2012. He has earned concentrations in marketing and real estate. A dean’s list student and scholarship recipient, Jay is graduating with summa cum laude honors. He played varsity football and earned Academic All-Conference and Academic All American honors, and was named a Mayville State Student of the Year in 2012 and 2013. Jay was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges in the fall of 2012. He participated in the Larson Leadership Program, as well as Mayville State’s College DECA chapter, serving as vice president of the chapter in 2011-2012. Jay is from Calgary, Alberta. His parents are Pat and Dan Dyck.

The following list includes Summer 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Summer 2013, and Fall 2013 graduates and graduation candidates.


Bachelor of Science in Education

Abagail Anderson** - Sloan, Iowa

Nicholas Ryan Bata - Kensal, N.D.

Lindsay Marie Becker Bundermann** - Grand Forks, N.D.

Dustin T. Brend† - Buxton, N.D.

Callie Jean Brossart*** - Leeds, N.D.

Rami Jean Carlson** - Northwood, N.D.

Danika Renae Carpenter** - Pembina, N.D.

Tanner Jeffrey Carpenter - Pembina, N.D.

Matthew E. Chandler - Thompson, N.D.

Jason Thomas Cline** - Staples, Minn.

Cody Lee Coauette - Fertile, Minn.

Nikki Lee Davidson - Tioga, N.D.

Jennifer Devier*** - Devils Lake, N.D.

Misti Olson Draxton - Reynolds, N.D.

Sarah Jean Elfman*** - Fairmount, N.D.

Karissa Flieth*** - Fargo, N.D.

Brittany Forsberg† - Goodridge, Minn.

Jaclyn Marie Fossum - Thief River Falls, Minn.

Emma Ashley French† - Lake Stevens, Wash.

Julie Anne Frost*** - Battle Lake, Minn.

Amanda Lynne Fuller* - Grand Forks, N.D.

Stephanie Linnea Genereux* - Crookston, Minn.

Stephanie Jo Gunderson* - Devils Lake, N.D.

Kristina Joy Hayes** - Munich, N.D.

Kelsey Herter - Detroit Lakes, Minn.

 Elizabeth Jemar* - Eagle River, Alaska

Alisha Michelle Knutson* - Maddock, N.D.

Laura Kristine Kolness** - Ada, Minn.

Dominic J. Kringlen* - McIntosh, Minn.

Clifton Jay Krotz - Cattaraugus, N.Y.

Maddi Jo Lamb** - Michigan, N.D.

Jonathan B. Laxdal - Edinburg, N.D.

Janelle Peterson Leintz*** - Sidney, Mont.

Heather Lizakowski*** - Minto, N.D.

David E. Locken*** - Aneta, N.D.

Xaviera Rosalee Lonewolf - Osnabrock, N.D.

Maggie Jo Maroney*** - Halstad, Minn.

Leah Marie Martin** - Williston, N.D.

Travis J. Martin* - Grand Forks, N.D.

Nicholas A. Murchie*** - Jamestown, N.D.

Timothy S. Nordby, Jr. - Canyon Lake, Calif

Ashley Ann Olson Lampert - Crosby, N.D.

Ashley Jo Ormiston - Fairdale, N.D.

Dakota J. Pedersen - Belcourt, N.D.

Benjamin Rayfield - Ben Eielson AFB, Alaska

Tevia Quinn Reese**† - Thief River Falls, Minn.

Nicholas Rogers† - North Pole, Alaska

Lydia M. Barkie Salveson**† - Williston, N.D.

Kelly P. Schmitz*** - Wadena, Minn.

Kimberly Ann Simons* - Hankinson, N.D.

Thomas R. Smette† - Granville, N.D.

Chanda L. Stelter*** - Bismarck, N.D.

Benjamin L. Strand - Hatton, N.D.

Krysten Brianne Stutlien - Cavalier, N.D.

Ashley Rose VandeVeen† - Abbotsford, BC, Canada

Jessica R. Vonderheide* - Ventura, Calif.

Jesse Scott Wahlin† - Fertile, Minn.

Jaime Lynn Zeis** - Langdon, N.D.


Bachelor of Science

Hani Hassan Alaboudi* - Brookings, S.D.

Nicholas Ryan Bata - Kensal, N.D.

Sarah Coenen - Devils Lake, N.D.

James Edward Coran, Jr. - Mayville, N.D.

Eric Tyler Domier** - Mayville, N.D.

Kristin Brianne Domier† - Minto, N.D.

Philip Dukart***† - Killdeer, N.D.

Jay H. Dyck***           - Calgary, AB, Canada

Alexis ReNae Franco - San Diego, Calif.

Cody Allen Gangl - Devils Lake, N.D.

Kara Elizabeth Greenwood - Woodland Park, Colo.

Megan Marie Groen** - Danube, Minn.

Shantel Marie Helmer** - Hannaford, N.D.

James Holland - Barnesville, Minn.

Garret M. Koble** - Rugby, N.D.

Douglas C. Kontz - Mayville, N.D.

Benjamin C. Kvislen - Finley, N.D.

Jordan E. Linstad† - Inkster, N.D.

Trevor Donald John Lishanko - Surrey, BC, Canada

Lindsay Esther Mattson**† - Grand Forks, N.D.

Joseph Keith Miller - Sauk Centre, Minn.

Loretta A. Myrvik* - Park River, N.D.

Todd Olson*** - Grand Forks, N.D.

Andrew Overmoe - Mayville, N.D.

Bryen Hall Pyles - Bronx, N.Y.

Victor Van Watson Redd II - San Diego, Calif.

Katie Rieu - Winnipeg, MB, Canada

Travis Jacob Salter** - Casselton, N.D.

Andres Sanchez III* - St. Thomas, N.D.

Nicole Lynn Schwanke - Dilworth, Minn.

Brianne Scott*†           - Surrey, BC, Canada

Tyler J. Stradinger - Mercer, N.D.

Spencer Allan Wallace - Devils Lake, N.D.

Vincent R. Webb† - Peoria, Ariz.

Hannah Wenaas           - Montevideo, Minn.


Bachelor of Arts

Bobbi Chapman*** - Centralia, Wash.

Heather R. Strande Grover - Grand Forks, N.D.

Tristan Nicole Henry*** - Fargo, N.D.

Katy Johnson* - Hallock, Minn.

Jenna Rae Marie Kvale - Grand Forks, N.D.

Joshua Czar Lopez Cueva - Calipatria, Calif.

Cindy Jo Olstad** - Galesburg, N.D.

Tevia Quinn Reese** -            Thief River Falls, Minn.

Allyssa Marie Reeves - Warwick, N.D.

Alysia E. Rieder - Dilworth, Minn.

Tricia Lynn Snyder* - Minot, N.D.

Ashley Dawn Steiner† - Dickinson, N.D.

Kendra Aryn Strand* - Rugby, N.D.

Ashley Renea Stroth - Grand Forks, N.D.

Robert E. Taylor II - Mesa, Ariz.

Andrew H. Thompson -           Merritt Island, Fla.

Ashley Torgusson - Fergus Falls, Minn.

Toni D. Votava - Grafton, N.D.


Bachelor of Applied Science

Dorothy A. Cheney***† - Bemidji, Minn.

Rhonda A. Gorden*** - Breckenridge, Minn.

Gina M. Guthmiller - Jamestown, N.D.

Amber Lea Hoeltl - Devils Lake, N.D.

Barbara A. Hoffarth† - Langdon, N.D.

Andrew D. Kalbus - Oakes, N.D.

Kim M. Krebsbach** - Oberon, N.D.

Grant Thomas Lonski - Lakota, N.D.

Tracy L. Maruska - Bemidji, Minn.

Karla Jo Potter** - Moorhead, Minn.

Collette Marie Sannes-Neste - Middle River, Minn.

Elizabeth A. Sposato - Devils Lake, N.D.

Meaghan Jean Tweed - Tolna, N.D.


Bachelor of University Studies

Mica Lynn Belgarde - St. John, N.D.

Rachel Renata Johnson - Mayville, N.D.

Lois A. Leben - St. Michael, N.D.

Guerline Maxime-Zeilinger - Bay City, Mich.

James Middleton McKinney, Jr. - Fairbanks, Alaska

Daniel Mertens            - Devils Lake, N.D.

Sarah Rose Passa - Drayton, N.D.

Danette Junel Rabbithead Kappes* - Wahpeton, N.D.

Nicole A. Samida - Oshkosh, Wis.

Timothy Michael Seeley - Medford, Ore.

Kendra Ann Stockton - Neche, N.D.


Associate of Arts

Nicole Marie Anderson - Langdon, N.D.

Susan L. Cordahl - Mayville, N.D.

Jessica Marie Deck - Hillsboro, N.D.

Taylor L. Fleming - Bismarck, N.D.

Rebecca Hornung - Walhalla, N.D.

Karen M. Kliniske† - Drayton, N.D.

Douglas C. Nygord - Mayville, N.D.

Jennifer Lynn Rettig - Medina, N.D.


Honors Denotation –

   *** Summa Cum Laude, 3.90-4.00 grade point average

   ** Magna Cum Laude, 3.70-3.89 grade point average

   * Cum Laude, 3.50-3.69 grade point average

† - denotes Summer or Fall 2013 candidate