Winter Commencement to be held Thursday, Dec. 13

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Valley City State University will hold its fourth Winter Commencement on Thursday, Dec. 13, at 3:30 p.m. in Vangstad Auditorium.Interim President Margaret Dahlberg will preside at the commencement exercises and give remarks, as will Andy Wakeford, staff adviser for the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education.The undergraduate student reflection will be presented by Yaritza “Yari” Villanueva of Minto, N.D., graduating on Thursday with a triple major in biology, environmental science, and fisheries and wildlife science (fisheries concentration). Faculty speaker is Hilde van Gijssel, professor of science. Born and raised in the Netherlands, van Gijssel has taught at VCSU since 2002. In spring 2018, she received the Faculty Excellence Award for senior faculty.The VCSU Chamber Wind Ensemble, directed by Jerrold Heide, instructor in music, will perform at the ceremony.