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College of Menominee Nation's Newest Alumni Celebrated Big Day with Dignitaries, Families


CMN President Verna Fowler and US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
CMN President Verna Fowler and U.S. Secretary of Education
Arne Duncan.
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Commencement is always a family occasion at the College of Menominee Nation and this year's ceremonies were no exception.


Relatives and friends of graduating CMN students gathered in the Five Clans Ballroom of the Menominee Resort Conference Center, Keshena, on Saturday morning, June 1. This year’s class included members of Menominee, Oneida, Stockbridge-Munsee, Ho-Chunk, Bad River Band of Chippewa, Crow, Comanche and Lac du Flambeau tribes.


U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan give the featured address and applauded graduates as they received Bachelor's and Associate degrees and technical education diplomas and certificates.


Chosen as student speaker for the program was Jeremy F. Wescott, a Menominee who graduated this year with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education. The Class of 2013 also included the first graduate to earn CMN's new Associate Degree in Material Science and Pre-Engineering, Charles James Sr. Brothers Wescott and James are members of the Menominee tribe and both live in Suring, Wisconsin. Other academic areas that graduated students in the Class of 2013 were the College's Associate Degree programs in Accounting, Biological and Physical Science, Business Administration, Early Childhood/Elementary Education, Liberal Studies/Social Sciences, Natural Resources, Nursing, Public Administration, and Sustainable Development. Technical diplomas were awarded in Practical Nursing, Office Technician, Electricity, Sustainable Residential Building Systems, Welding and the certificate of mastery program in Criminal Justice.


The commencement brings the number of CMN alumni to more than 800 individuals. Founded in 1993, the College is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary year.