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Idaho State University graduates encouraged to continue to roar at 2019 commencement ceremonies

May 4, 2019

Streamers falling on graduates at commencement
Streamers fall on graduates at commencement.

POCATELLO – Idaho State University graduates were encouraged to continue their Bengal roar as they head out into the world at ISU spring commencement ceremonies May 4 in Holt Arena.

“After graduation you will have the right to forever to call yourself a Bengal. The right to tell the world, proudly, that you are a graduate of Idaho State University. That is your right,” said Kevin Satterlee, ISU president.  “Now, here is your responsibility, and  I charge and task you with this, right here and right now – go out in the world  and make us proud. Live that better life and never forget your roar.”

Graduate and Associated Students of ISU President Logan Schmidt, spoke about the challenges he and other students met on the way to earning their degrees and thanked those who supported them.

“I want to challenge all of you to continue your roar, and be a mentor, a leader or a hero for someone else now,” Schmidt said. “Give them the love and support your family did. Show them the possibilities a college degree can provide for them. Show them the path of excellence and bring as many individuals up in this world as you can, because that is what Bengals do.”

A total of 2,553 graduates received 2,714 degrees and certificates. One hundred fifty-nine students received multiple certificates and/or degrees.

President Satterlee addressing crowd at commencementThe breakdown of graduates included 38 Doctor of Philosophy degrees, 11 Doctor of Education degrees, four Doctor of Arts degrees, six Doctor of Audiology degrees, 14 Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees, 25 Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees, 78 Doctor of Pharmacy degrees, 11 Educational Specialist degrees, 508 master’s degrees, 53 academic certificates, 1,259 bachelor’s degrees, 472 associate degrees, and 235 certificates from the College of Technology.

ISU student Tara Cluff performed the national anthem. The faculty mace was placed by the 2019 Distinguished Teacher, Marco Schoen.

Satterlee greeted the audience and conferred the degrees.

ISU Executive Vice President and Provost for academic affairs Laura Woodworth-Ney recognized the distinguished faculty who are Schoen, Distinguished Service Cindy Seiger and Distinguished Researcher Kathleen Lohse.

Presentation of graduates was by the University deans.

Alumni Professional Achievement Award recipients for 2019 are:  Doug Butler,  Dallas, Texas, College of Arts and Letters - Social and Behavioral Sciences; Stefanie Pemper, Annapolis, Maryland, College of Arts and Letters – Fine Arts and Humanities; Brent J. Stacey, Idaho Falls, College of Science and Engineering; Rick K. Eskelson, Pocatello, College of Technology; Dan and Barbara Fuchs, Twin Falls, College of Pharmacy; Kelly Rae, Reno, Nevada, College of Education; Dan Mills, Salt Lake City, College of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences; Heidi Halverson, Missoula, Montana, College of Health Professions; Joan Agee, Nampa, College of Nursing; Larry Bird, Boise, College of Business;  and Bruce Kusch, Salt Lake City, Graduate School.

Outstanding Student Award recipients for 2019 are Kirby Kinghorn, Idaho Falls, College of Health Professions; Cassandra Smith, Idaho Falls, College of Health Professions – Dental Hygiene; Trager Hintze, Purcell, Oklahoma, College of Pharmacy; Jenna Strop, Boise, College of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences; Whitney Heuer, Idaho Falls, College of Nursing; Eighdi Aung, Yangon, Burma (Myanmar), College of Science and Engineering – Engineering; McKenzie Mangun, Caldwell, College of Science and Engineering – Natural and Physical Science; Brittany Garrett, Riverton, Utah, College of Education; Logan Schmidt, Pocatello, College of Business; Jessica Hamway, Boston, Massachusetts, College of Technology; Rachel Godin, Eagle, College of Arts and Letters – Social and Behavioral Sciences; William Veloso, Meridian and Gold Beach, Oregon, College of Arts and Letters – Fine Arts and Humanities; Alyssa Millard, Merrill, Wisconsin, Graduate School – Masters Recipient; and Omid Heidari, Ghaenshahr, Iran, Graduate School – Doctoral Recipient.

Graduates are encouraged to share their memories on social media at #isugrads.

Photo information: ISU President Kevin Sattterlee addressing graduates and guests at commencement.







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