Diné College President Dr. Roessel, Graduate Jerrick Benallie – A.S. Pre-Engineering, Honorable Governor Katie Hobbs
Diné College Celebrates Successful Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 12th
12 May 2023
TSAILE, AZ. – Diné College proudly celebrated its 2023 commencement ceremony on Friday, May 12th, to recognize and honor the achievements of its graduating students. This year’s commencement ceremony marked a significant milestone for the college, as it continued to demonstrate its commitment to providing quality education and empowering Native American students.
The ceremony was held at the Diné College Main Campus, and the event was attended by the graduating students, their families, friends, faculty, and staff. The graduates were recognized for their academic achievements and contributions to the community during their time at the college. The ceremony began with the traditional Navajo Blessing, which was conducted by Professor and Hataałii Dr. Avery Denny.
In his welcome address, Dr. Charles “Monty” Roessel, President of Diné College, expressed his pride and admiration for the students’ hard work and perseverance. He emphasized the college’s mission to empower Native American students and communities through education and encouraged the graduates to continue their education and become leaders in their respective fields.
The commencement ceremony’s keynote speaker was Honorable Governor Katie Hobbs, who shared her personal journey and encouraged the graduates to pursue their dreams, overcome challenges, and make a positive impact in their communities. She also expressed her admiration for Diné College and its commitment to providing educational opportunities to Native American students. This marks Honorable Governor Katie Hobbs first commencement address as Governor.
Also, in attendance was Navajo Nation President Buu Nygren, who expressed his appreciation to the families of the graduates. He thanked them for their support that they provided to their students. He then encouraged the graduates and commended them for their resiliency and dedication that they put forth in their education. He expressed that they are the future of our Navajo Nation. Members of the 25th Navajo Nation Council were also in attendance. Honorable Vince James, Honorable Brenda Jesus, Honorable Dr. Andy Nez, and Honorable Casey Allen Johnson.
The highlight of the event was the conferring of degrees and certificates to the graduating students. A total of 119 students received their degrees and certificates, including 76 associate degrees, 41 baccalaureate degrees, 13 certificates, and 2 minors. The graduates represented various academic programs, including Business Administration, Education, Arts, and STEM. The ceremony ended with the traditional closing prayer, which was conducted by a Professor and Hataałii Dr. Avery Denny.
In conclusion, the 2023 Diné College Commencement Ceremony was a resounding success, and it demonstrated the college’s commitment to providing quality education to Native American students. The graduates are now equipped with the knowledge and skills to pursue their dreams and make a positive impact in their communities. The college congratulates the graduates and wishes them success in their future endeavors.
Registration is open for Summer and Fall semesters with a 100% tuition grant for all registered students. As a postsecondary educational institution, Diné College awards associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and certificates in areas important to the economic and social development of the Navajo Nation. To comply with the College mission, personalized instruction is guaranteed to each student because of the low student-faculty ratio. All are welcome to apply.
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