Minnesota State University, Mankato awards area students degrees at end of Fall Semester

Each graduate will also receive "commencement-in-a-box" packages shipped to their homes.


MANKATO - Minnesota State University, Mankato wawardedd 1,796 degrees to 1,753 students at the end of the fall 2020 semester, with this fall's graduates celebrated through a special website with commencement videos on Saturday, Dec. 12, the day on which the University's three traditional graduation ceremonies were scheduled but cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each graduate received "commencement-in-a-box" packages shipped to their homes. Included in each box are printed commencement programs, a diploma holder and a few gifts to honor each graduate.

Hometown, Name, Degree, Major (if listed), Honor (if listed)


  • James Rutherford, BS, Aviation, Cum Laude



  • Angela Andrist, MS, Special Ed Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Cody Robak, BS, Sport Management
  • Randy Wikman, BS, Marketing

Breezy Point

  • Angelo Tweed, BS, Elementary Education, Cum Laude


  • Sabrina Becker, MAT, Education

Grey Eagle

  • Mitchell Waldvogel, BS, Accounting
  • Mitchell Waldvogel, BS, Finance

Long Prairie

  • Hannah Grace Mettler, BS, Management, Magna Cum Laude

Pequot Lakes

  • Jake Anderson, BS, Nursing, Summa Cum Laude
  • Tristan Carlson, BSE, Integrated Engineering
  • Thomas Johnson, MS, Educational Leadership
  • Mason Vlaanderen, BS, Management, Summa Cum Laude


  • Jessica Klima, BS, Elementary Education, Cum Laude
  • Kim Scott, DNP, Nursing Practice from MSN


  • Grant Seiffert, BS, Communication Studies
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