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Final exams

Final examinations will be given May 11 through May 14.

Native American honoring ceremony

The excellence of students will be celebrated during a series of events on Friday, May 15. The day will begin at 3:30 p.m. in Oyate Hall with the seventh annual Honoring Ceremony for American Indian graduates. A light reception will follow. The annual Honors Recital will begin at 5 p.m. Friday in Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall. Chosen by competitive audition, honors recitalists are recognized for outstanding performances during the academic year. Performances will be given by Kati Hamlin, piano, Tricia Johnson, soprano, Bert Michalscheck, tenor, Jessica Henry, French horn, Adam Helgeson, baritone, Laura Woltjer, soprano, and Mitch Grussing, piano. The recital is free and open to the public. A Parent's Reception will begin at 6 p.m. Friday in the Turtle Mountain Café, followed by the Student Honors and Awards Ceremony at 7 p.m. in Edson Auditorium.


The 46th annual Commencement day will be held on Saturday, May 16. A buffet lunch and division receptions for graduates and their families and friends are set from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the campus Student Center. The Commencement ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. on the campus mall. If it rains, the ceremony will take place in the P.E. Center. Author Will Weaver will provide the keynote address during the Commencement ceremony. The author of Red Earth, White Earth, Weaver saw the title story of his collection, A Gravestone Made of Wheat and Other Stories, adapted for the 2005 independent feature, "Sweet Land," starring Alan Cumming and Oscar-winner Ned Beatty. Graduating senior Nathan Giles, Minneapolis, will speak on behalf of the graduates. A reception in the Student Center's Oyate Hall will follow Commencement. The Humanities Fine Arts Gallery features the 2009 Senior Student Exhibition and is open to visitors before and after the commencement ceremony.

Symposium on Small Towns

Communities 2050: Building a Livable, Renewable and Responsible Future! will be the theme of the Seventh Annual Symposium on Small Towns, June 2-3, on the Morris campus. The Symposium will focus on rebuilding local economies, educating and motivating communities, capitalizing on political change and celebrating rural living. For more information and to register, visit

Second Annual Summer Jazz Experience

Under the direction of Dr. Jim "Doc" Carlson, with assistance from Joel Vanderheyden, and featuring jazz artists Byron Stripling (brass) and Kenni Holmen (winds), the Second Annual Summer Jazz Experience for high school musicians will take place Sunday-Wednesday, June 14 - 17. The program will help students to learn about chord construction, develop an understanding of jazz theory, work on transcriptions of famous solos, and learn about the characteristics of American jazz styles. For more information, visit

Summer Scholars Program

Directed toward high school sophomores and juniors, Morris will offer its annual Summer Scholars Program Sunday-Friday, July 12 - 24. Current high school sophomores and juniors, who rank in the upper 20 percent of their class, are invited to be a part of this highly regarded program held at a top-ranked liberal arts college. Now in its 23rd year, the Summer Scholars Program offers scholastically talented students an introduction to college academics and life through its emphasis on writing, critical thinking, discussion, individual and group projects, interdisciplinary perspectives and campus life. The courses, which are two credits each, are titled the Art of Words and Biomass in Sustainable Energy: Woodstoves to Jet Fuel. For more information, visit