Graduations at Northern State University and Presentation College will be Saturday, May 6.
Northern’s graduation begins at 10 a.m. at the Barnett Center. The guest speaker is 2007 graduate Nichole Bowman who received the Milken Educator Award in 2022.
Presentation’s graduation is at 11 a.m. at the Strode Center with a graduation Mass at 9 a.m. in the chapel. Guest speakers are Katie Washnok and Father Michael Kapperman from Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Aberdeen.
Final graduation ceremony at Presentation College
This is the final graduation for Presentation College, as the campus announced plans to close once summer classes are complete. Presentation has signed an agreement with St. Ambrose University in Iowa, to create the Nano Nagle Online School of Nursing.
Recognitions Friday, May 5 include academic awards, the nursing program pinning ceremony at 3 p.m. at the Strode Center and the RAD Tech pinning ceremony at 5:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Parish Hall.
Northern guest speaker is recognized teacher
Bowman teaches math at T.F. Riggs High School in Pierre. She was one of 60 teachers nationwide to win the 2022 Milken Educator Award, which is considered the Oscar of teaching, according to a news release.
Originally from Armour, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education for mathematics. She has been teaching for 16 years in Rapid City, Kimball and Pierre.
Bowman and her husband, Brooks, have three children.
Tickets to graduation are not required. Doors open an hour before the ceremony.
Kapperman, Washnok address PC grads
Father Michael Kapperman is parochial vicar at Sacred Heart Church in Aberdeen. Originally from Hartford, Kapperman graduated from Dakota State University in Madison in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics education and a minor in computer education. He then studied for the priesthood at St. Paul Seminary in Minnesota, graduating in 2020 with master’s degrees in divinity and theology.
Katie Wagner Washnok considers all of South Dakota to be her hometown, having grown up across the state. She graduated from University of South Dakota with a focus on political science in education.
She and her husband, James, have two children and own and operate several small businesses within the custom motorcycle and automotive aftermarket manufacturing sectors. Collectively, the businesses are called Blackout Industries.
Washnok has a passion for community involvement. She is currently serving as the president of the Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, a member of the HubCityCupShow organization team, Chairwoman of the Brown County Republicans, a Junior Achievement classroom volunteer, a BIG Idea committee member, a member of the Aldersgate Church administrative board and a worship leader.
American Legion honor cord ceremony is May 3
Three graduates from Northern, five from Presentation and 10 Aberdeen high school students will be recognized at 6 p.m. May 3 for their commitments to the U.S. military.
The event will be hosted by American Legion Post 24 in the lobby of the Jewett Science Center on Northern’s campus. Doors open at 5 p.m.
Honor cords are presented to Northern and Presentation graduates who are veterans or actively serving in the military. Cords honor their achievements in attaining their degrees and recognize their service. The 10 high school students who are being recognized have made commitments to serve in the armed services.
The ceremony will be live-streamed on YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQ6nOPSeXbk?rel=0.It will also be available to view on Northern’s Facebook page.