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Native American Studies Honoring Ceremony


Thursday, May 3, 2012, 7 PM

Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom

Each semester, the Native American Studies program honors graduates who complete their graduate or undergraduate curricula with a minor in our program. In true Native American spirit, each graduate is honored both in terms of his/her personal character and academic accomplishment. Each graduate also receives NAS ribbons to wear with his/her graduation gown at commencement.

Honorees are encouraged to bring family members and friends to the honoring ceremony at which food is always offered to all our guests. The ceremony opens and closes with a traditional native drum song. The following students, and the colleges from which they are completing their studies, are all graduating this semester.

The Native American Studies Program also honors someone from the community whose support and assistance is are valuable to all participants. This semester the community honoree will be Cassie Rhoads Carroll.


College of Graduation

Stephani Bennett Arts and Sciences
Molly Brady Community Affairs
Jamie Cooley Arts and Sciences
Jessica Hill Communication, Media, Fine Arts
Laura Hughes Arts and Sciences
Anastasia Jackson Education, Health
Shayna Leighton Community Affairs
Alexandra Liekhus Arts and Sciences
Shirley Nitsch Community Affairs
Jason Sautter Arts and Sciences
Katie Spellman Arts and Sciences
Andrew Vuorela Community Affairs
Charlene Wells Education
Jared Westbrook Community Affairs

Killer Whale Drum – The drum is a central element in Native American culture. Its circular shape represents earth and life; the animal skin stretched over the frame provides the spirit of the animal; the beat of the drum connects the human spirit to that of earth as well as to the Great Spirit. The image on the drum pictured on this page is that of the Killer Whale, made by Sean Whonnock of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation on the Northwest Coast of North America.