Ceremonies on May 31 Bring Alumni Count
To More Than 900 Since CMN’s First Graduation
College of Menominee Nation graduates who participated in commencement ceremonies Saturday morning, May 31, bring the alumni contingent to more than 900 individuals since the College opened in January 1993.
Faculty, staff, friends and family members watched as classmates crossed the stage of the Five Clans Ballroom. Awards made during the morning were baccalaureate degrees – including CMN’s first-ever Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – and Associate Degrees in nine majors, the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing, Technical Diplomas in five fields of study, and a Certificate of Mastery in Entrepreneurship. Craig Fox of the College’s Technical Education Program was awarded the American Indian College Fund’s Faculty Member of the Year award.
More than half of those in this year’s class are enrolled members or descendants of American Indian tribes, including Menominee, Oneida, Stockbridge-Munsee, Chippewa, Cheyenne, Choctaw, Crow, Lac Courtes Oreilles Ojibwa, and Potawatomi. They come from more than two dozen Northeastern Wisconsin communities.
Along with Hattie Kauffman, national television journalist who was this year’s guest speaker, the graduating class was addressed by student speaker Lee Stoehr and alumni representative Dennis Bear. Stoehr, who earned an Associate Degree from CMN in 2013, became CMN’s first recipient of the B.A. in Public Administration. Bear graduated from CMN in 2011 with a Technical Diploma in Electricity.