K-State debuts in December to honor fall graduation applicants and summer graduates

MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) – Fall 2021 graduation applicants and K-State summer graduates will be honored with launch ceremonies in December.

Kansas State University said the fall opening ceremonies will take place on Friday, December 10 in Manhattan and Salina, and on Saturday, December 11 in Manhattan. He said fall 2021 graduation applicants and summer 2021 graduates will be honored at the ceremonies.

K-State said tickets will not be needed and all ceremonies will be open to the public. In accordance with its current COVID-19 policies, however, face masks will need to be worn at all times inside university facilities.

The University said more than 1,325 students are applying for degrees this fall. He said 1,060 are expected to earn bachelor’s degrees, more than 270 master’s degrees and more than 60 doctorates. He said more than 220 graduation candidates will graduate through distance education.

KSU said it has awarded degrees to more than 580 students this summer, including 300 bachelor’s degrees, 255 master’s degrees and more than 50 doctorates.

K-State said the ceremonies would begin at 1 p.m. on Dec. 10 on the Manhattan campus with the Graduate School at Bramlage Coliseum. He said Herman “Mogri” Mongrain Lookout, Osage master language instructor and founding director of the Osage Nation language department, will receive an honorary doctorate from K-State at the ceremony and deliver the opening speech. He said Wint Winter Jr., of Lawrence, a member of the Kansas Board of Regents, will also represent the board of directors at the ceremony.

The university said the start of K-State Salina will be at 7 p.m. at the campus student life center. He said Brian Youngers, owner and CEO of Ad Astra Flight Group, will be the speaker. Youngers graduated from K-State Salina’s professional flight program with a bachelor’s degree and has held leadership positions in several aviation organizations and companies, most notably the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center.

K-State said the December 11 ceremonies will be held at the Bramlage Coliseum on the Manhattan campus. He said the program and speakers are as follows:

  • College of Arts and Sciences, 8:30 am – Myron “Mike” and Elaine Jacobson will be the speakers. Mike received her PhD in Biochemistry from K-State while Elaine received her BA and PhD in Biochemistry. The team focused on the roles of vitamin B3 and the molecules provided by vitamin B3 in human health. The work led the couple to co-found Niadyne Inc., a skin care company that markets worldwide.
  • College of Education, 10:00 a.m. – Katie Buhler will be the speaker. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from K-State in 2020 and taught her first year as a fourth-year teacher at Wamego during the COVID-19 pandemic. She is also a recipient of the College Football Playoff Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers Award for her teaching and dedication to students during the pandemic.
  • College of Business Administration, 11:30 am – John D. Lageman will be the speaker. He received his bachelor’s degree in animal feed science and management from K-State and retired as senior vice president, sales and marketing, at John Deere. He had a 38-year career with John Deere and Company, including holding key positions nationally and internationally before retiring in October 2020.
  • Agricultural College, 1 p.m. – Blake Fenders will be the speaker. He received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at K-state and was appointed to his current role as president and CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents in 2015. He also served as president of education services at Manhattan Area Technical College from 1998 to 2004.
  • College of Health Sciences and Humanities, 2:30 p.m. – Josh Umbehr will be the speaker. He received his BS in Nutritional Sciences from K-State in 2003 before obtaining his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He works as a family physician and provides direct primary care services in his practice, Atlas MD, in Wichita.
  • Carl R. Ice College of Engineering, 4 p.m. – David C. Everitt will be the speaker. He received his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from K-State in 1975 and then joined John Deere & Company. He held various management positions in engineering, mechanical services and sales before becoming president of the company’s agricultural division in 2001. He retired in 2012.

K-State said a virtual ceremony will be held for ROTC units on December 10 in the Forum Hall of the K-State Student Union. He said the Army ROTC ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. while the Air Force ROTC ceremony will be held at 1 p.m.

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