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UTTC graduation set for May 2
18 April 2008

BISMARCK (UTN) The 2008 commencement ceremony for graduates of United Tribes Technical College is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Friday, May 2 at Lone Star Arena on the college campus in Bismarck.

      Students will be honored who have earned Associate of Applied Science Degrees and Certificates of Completion in 17 different academic and vocational programs. The graduates are from 27 different tribal nations.

      The event concludes the 2007-08 academic year, the college's 39th year serving American Indian students and their families.

      The class motto is: "Lead the Way, Sustain: Unity, Diversity and Traditions through Education." As a lasting legacy, trees will be planted on campus to honor the graduating class and to recognize North Dakota Arbor Day, May 2.

      Keynote speaker is Dr. Gerald E. Gipp, (Hunkpapa Lakota) Executive Director of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, Alexandria, VA. Gipp's extensive working career in the field of American Indian education, including service in the U. S. Department Education, the National Science Foundation, and the presidency of Haskell Indian Nations University, comes to an end with his retirement from AIHEC in June. He is the brother of UTTC President David M. Gipp. Other speakers will include tribal leaders on the college governing board from Three Affiliated Tribes, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, Spirit Lake Tribe, Standing Rock Tribe, and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa.

      Some graduates completed their course of study at the end of the Fall 2007 term. Scholarships and other honors earned by individuals will be announced during the ceremony. A reception at the UTTC cafeteria will follow. Family, friends and public are invited to attend.

      In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the gymnasium of the James Henry Community Building.


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