Information provided by Jim Potter of Montana State University-Northern and Melody Henry of Stone Child College.
On Saturday, 421 degrees will be conferred on 389 students from Montana State University-Northern. Commencement exercises will be held at 10 a.m. in the Armory Gymnasium. An after-graduation brunch for students, family and friends will be held for $6 per person. The nursing program will award 22 pins to Havre students, 18 in Great Falls and 15 pins to Lewistown students. This year, the nursing program will have a pinning ceremony on Friday at 1 p.m. for the Havre and Great Falls students. The Lewistown students will have their own pinning ceremony in Lewistown on Saturday evening. Stone Child College at Rocky Boy will have it’s commencement exercises on Friday at 10 a.m. in the Jon “Cubby” Morsette Vocational Center. Thirty-two students will graduate with double majors. Two honorary Native American studies degrees will be presented to Jean Hobbs and Duncan Standing Rock. Joel Rosette will be the keynote speaker. Rosette is an enrolled member of the Chippewa Cree Tribe. He attended schools K-12 at Box Elder and graduated in 1999. He went on to receive a bachelor’s degree of science in business administration from the University of Montana. Rosette also received a juris doctorate from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2006 and he became a member of the Montana State Bar Association. Rosette is currently employed at the National Tribal Development Association. The First-Annual Stone Child College Graduation Powwow will be held after the commencement services from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. Over $6,000 in prize money will be awarded during the competition in all categories. The head male dancer is Daryl Wright, Jr. And the head female dancer is Kishey Baker. Alumni head dancer is Mike Mithlo and alumni head female dancer is Paulette Standing Rock. Two specials are planned for the event including a team dance sponsored by the SCC alumni and a chicken dance sponsored by an anonymous donor. The powwow is organized by the SCC Native American Student Association and the college’s student government.