Student Speakers & Marshals

Student Speakers

Each semester, the Commencement Logistics Committee, plus officers of the General Faculty and Student Senate, select a graduating honors student to speak at the commencement ceremony. Honors students have achieved a grade point average of at least 3.50. Student speakers for the past several years include the following individuals:

  • Spring 2013 - Rebecca Woelfel
  • Fall 2012 - Jayne Peterson-Leusink and Emily Ann Robinson
  • Spring 2012 - Joshua Thomas, Catheryn Vogel
  • Fall 2011 - Amy Joy Pheneger
  • Spring 2011 - Bryce William Nussbaum
  • Fall 2010 - Jenna Lynae Yost
  • Spring 2010 - Nikolai Bjordal
  • Fall 2009 - Vicki Lynn Kaul
  • Spring 2009 - Michael Anderson
  • Fall 2008 - Kindra J. Baan Hofman
  • Spring 2008 - Jennifer Coats, Noah Sanderson (unable to attend)
  • Fall 2007 - Holli Gregg, Amber Jepsen
  • Spring 2007 - Sara Nelson, Jeff Swett
  • Fall 2006 - Ashley Brassfield
  • Spring 2006 - Rebecca Knips, Mathew Nelson
  • Fall 2005 - Andrea Gullickson, Bobbi Jo Mulder
  • Spring 2005 - Brian Siemonsma
  • Fall 2004 - Amber Burma Larson
  • Spring 2004 - Daniel Iverson
  • Fall 2003 - Sarah Johnson
  • Spring 2003 - Jane Cleveland, Jill Cleveland
  • Fall 2002 - Desa Rae Doyle
  • Spring 2002 - Barbara Asleson
  • Fall 2001 - Christopher Kreul
  • Spring 2001 - Megan Beatty
  • Fall 2000 - Kazmann Foster
  • Spring 2000 - Janel Dopheide
  • Spring 1999 - Jason Giovannettone
  • Spring 1998 - Amy Harris, Colleen Lurz
  • Spring 1997 - Jane Jung

note: Formal Fall Commencements were not held until 2000.

Student Marshals

The Student Senate selects two individuals to serve as student marshals for the Commencement ceremony. Student marshals wear white robes and mortarboards. Their role is to lead the graduates into the auditorium and to stand "guard" at each set of stairs as graduates process across the stage to receive their diploma. Student marshals for the past several years include the following individuals:

  • Spring 2013 - Matthew Bailey and Jordan Stewart
  • Fall 2012 - Zachary Merrill and Martha Nagy
  • Spring 2012 - Taylor Boyte, Zachary Merrill
  • Fall 2011 - David Miller, Juan Valdez
  • Spring 2011 - Ashton Lansink, Jayne Peterson
  • Fall 2010 - Kim Ireland, Ashton Lansink
  • Spring 2010 -  Nichole Hahn, Casey Swanson
  • Fall 2009 - Sean Aman, Jordan Schuh
  • Spring 2009 - Jordan Schuh, Cody Thaler
  • Fall 2008 - Mary Ellis, Justin Heubrock
  • Spring 2008 - Mary Ellis, Leigh Hollenbeck
  • Fall 2007 - Leigh Hollenbeck, Lance Parliament
  • Spring 2007 - Chase Anderton, Jake Heckmann
  • Fall 2006 - Megan Flynn, Jake Heckmann
  • Spring 2006 - Megan Flynn, Craig Polkow
  • Fall 2005 - Cody Aarbo, Megan Flynn
  • Spring 2005 - Megan Flynn, Jennifer Seitz
  • Fall 2004 - Matthew Bennett, Juston O'Neill
  • Spring 2004 - Laura Ringling, Brian Siemonsma
  • Fall 2003 - Sarah Linneman, Eric Saugstad
  • Spring 2003 - Jacque Miller, Kayla Ratcliff
  • Fall 2002 - Christopher Thames, Andrew Zimmer
  • Spring 2002 - Jacque Miller, Christopher Thames
  • Fall 2001 - Christopher Thames, Nick Zachariasen
  • Spring 2001 - Chris Kreul, Christopher Thames
  • Fall 2000 - Jon Grann, Chris Kreul
  • Spring 2000 - Jon Grann, Chris Kreul
  • Spring 1999 - Evan Gough, Jon Grann
  • Spring 1998 - Jason Giovannettone, Evan Gough
  • Spring 1997 - Alice Roster, Jason Giovannettone

Note: Formal Fall Commencements were not held until 2000.


Last Updated: 5/24/13