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2014 Commencement Schedule and Speakers Announced


Commencement Speaker Tim Holst
Timothy Holst, Associate Vice Chancellor for Graduate Education & Research

This year, on Saturday, May 17, 2014, UMD's bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree commencement programs will be combined in two ceremonies in the AMSOIL Arena at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.

At 10 a.m., graduates and undergraduates from the College of Education and Human Service Professions (CEHSP), the School of Fine Arts (SFA) and the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) will receive their degrees.

At 3 p.m., graduates and undergraduates from the Labovitz School of Business and Economics (LSBE) and the Swenson College of Science and Engineering (SCSE) will receive their degrees.

A total of 2353 students will graduate from UMD this year. UMD will confer 2043 bachelor's degrees and 300 master's degrees. Of the 10 doctoral degrees conferred, four of them come from UMD's Integrated Biosciences program.

During the May 17 commencement programs, 792 graduates will march at the 10 a.m. ceremony and 785 at the 3 p.m. ceremony. 

There will not be a Thursday evening graduate ceremony. No guest tickets are required.

Tim Holst, Commencement Speaker

Dr. Timothy Holst earned a baccalaureate degree in geology in 1973, and the Ph.D. in geology in 1977, both at the Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota. He taught at Hope College before coming to UMD in the fall of 1979 to join the Department of Geology.  While at UMD, he taught a variety of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, advised graduate students, co-advised a Ph.D. student, and led many spring break geology field trips.  Tim spent a sabbatical year as a Fulbright Senior Research Fellow in Bergen, Norway, in 1985-86.  He authored and coauthored numerous publications, on folds in rock and details of the folding process, as well as on tectonics of the Lake Superior region, among other topics.  

Dr. Holst was principal investigator on over half a million dollars in sponsored funding, and coprincipal investigator on several times that amount, and his research was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Research Corporation, and other agencies. He also worked locally, regionally, and nationally in efforts to increase representation from under-represented groups in science and engineering fields.  Tim has served in numerous administrative roles at UMD, including associate dean of the Swenson College of Science and Engineering from 1990-2009, acting dean in 2007, director of the Center for Freshwater Research and Policy from 1998-2007, director of Research Administration in 2008, and as interim and then permanent associate vice chancellor for graduate education and research from 2009 to the present. He has been active in committee service to the campus and the University of Minnesota system, including serving almost 25 years as an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program coordinator. Nationally he served as a councilor on the Council for Undergraduate Research, and as a member of the Board of Governors for the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, including stints as treasurer and chair of the board. Dr. Holst is retiring this year after 35 years at UMD.

Students wave at the crowd
Student waves at the crowd
Images from the 2013 ceremony.


Student Speaker, Morning:
At the 10 a.m. ceremony
Graeme Shields. Bachelor of Arts:  Music Theory and Composition, Magna Cum Laude, Departmental Honors, University Honors. Graeme Shields has enjoyed many opportunities provided by UMD and Duluth over the past four years. Composing music for UMD theatre productions, establishing the Fourte Saxophone Quartet, and writing and arranging for area concerts have been a joy.  He looks forward to pursuing a musical career.

Student Speaker, Afternoon:
At the 3 p.m. ceremony
Jordan Maiers. Bachelor of Science: Applied Physics & Mathematics, Summa Cum Laude, Departmental Honors. Jordan Maiers is the founding member of the intramural ultimate frisbee dynasty “Sick Mitts.” After enjoying four years at UMD, he is excited and terrified to leave it behind while taking on science in the real world.


By Cheryl Reitan, April 2014.

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