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UTTC Graduation Ceremony to be Online
3 May 2013

BISMARCK (UTN) - Today's 2013 commencement ceremony for graduates of United Tribes Technical College will be streamed "live" and online from Lone Star Arena on the college campus in Bismarck.

      All the speeches and ceremony, graduates in gowns, honor songs, handshakes and hugs, can be viewed over the Internet Friday, May 3 beginning at 1 p.m. (Central Time). Click on this link, http://www.uttc.edu/live/live.asp, or visit the college's website, www.uttc.edu, and click on the "LIVE" link.

      The telecast will showcase the graduation of 141 students who earned Bachelor of Science or Associate of Applied Science Degrees, or Certificates of Completion, from the college's academic and vocational programs. The graduates are from 21 different tribes around the country. The online telecast is offered by the college as a way to connect friends and family who are unable to make it to Bismarck for the event.

      The program will be produced by students and staff in the college's Media Arts program, a division of the United Tribes Art/Art Marketing Program. Technical support will be provided by the college's Information Technology staff.

      The keynote speaker is Gerard A. Baker (Three Affiliated) former superintendent of Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota, one of the nation's most visited national parks. Before retiring, Baker served in the federal government for 27 years with the National Park Service and the US Forest Service.

      Also making a presentation will be Miss Indian Nations Shannon C. Hooper, Fallon, NV. Miss Hooper is Shoshone-Paiute and a student at Western Nevada College.

      Also attending will be tribal leaders on the college's governing board who represent the tribes of North Dakota: Three Affiliated Tribes of the Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara Nation, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, Spirit Lake Tribe, Standing Rock Tribe, and Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa.

      The ceremony concludes the 2012-13 academic year. United Tribes has been celebrating student graduations regularly since 1969 when the college began offering post-secondary academic and technical education for American Indian students and their families.

 

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