Minnesota State University, Mankato celebrated spring graduates with virtual ceremony

Local students among graduates


MANKATO - Minnesota State University, Mankato celebrated its 2021 spring semester student commencement at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 8.

Minnesota State Mankato awarded more than 2,200 degrees at the end of spring semester. Included were more than 1,870 undergraduate degrees and more than 370 graduate degrees and specialist certifications.

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


  • James Rutherford, BS, Aviation, Cum Laude
  • James Schwartz, BS, Marketing



  • MaKayla Clough, BS, Accounting
  • Shae Feltz, BS, Computer Engineering Technology, Cum Laude
  • Shae Feltz, BS, Electronic Engineering Technology, Cum Laude


  • Ashley Bursch, BS, Psychology
  • Stephanie Johnson, BS, Accounting
  • David Kobilka, EDD, Educational Leadership
  • Audra Lind, MS, Education Technology
  • Hannah Maloney, BA, Art History
  • Morgan Swenson, BS, Accounting

Breezy Point

  • Taya Salminen, BS, Dental Hygiene, Summa Cum Laude


  • Barbara Skodje-Mack, EDD, Counselor Education & Supervision


  • Ali Bryniarski, BS, Marketing, Summa Cum Laude
  • Ali Bryniarski, CERT, Business Analytics, Summa Cum Laude

Fort Ripley

  • Abrielle Tembreull, BS, Biology


  • Ashley Locker, BA, Music, Summa Cum Laude

Long Prairie

  • Courtney Ruda, BS, Dental Hygiene, Summa Cum Laude

Pequot Lakes


  • Abigail Dreher, BS, Dental Hygiene


  • Benjamin Herold, BS, Aviation, Magna Cum Laude


  • Jacob Russell, BS, Mathematics Teaching

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