Over 400 to receive degrees during UAS commencement exercises

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Commencement exercises for the University of Alaska Southeast will be virtual for the Juneau, Sitka, and Ketchikan campuses and available at 5 p.m. Friday.

    The student speaker for the Juneau commencement will be Anastasia Erickson who will receive a Bachelor of Arts in English degree.

    Pauline Kookesh Duncan will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Education.  She is described by UAS as a greatly respected teacher and culture bearer, who created an invaluable legacy of teaching materials that merge Tlingit culture and language with Alaska educational standards.  She will also speak during the Juneau commencement.

    Gordon Jackson of Kake and Juneau and Elizabeth Nelson of Ketchikan will be presented meritorious service awards.

    The commencement speaker in Ketchikan will be Clare Bennett, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Writing and Communication.  The student speaker will be Jennifer Helberg-Nelson who is graduating with an Associates of Arts, General Program degree.

    Sitka's video will open with remarks from Campus Director Paul Kraft.  Joel Marks will deliver the faculty reflection while Randy Nutting with present the staff reflection.  Associate of Arts graduate Jades Nodes will deliver the student reflection.

    There are over 400 graduates between all three campuses.

    All three commencement exercises can be accessed at uas.alaska.edu/commencement




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