News Release – Diné College to Recognize 176 graduates May 8th; a Record 53 Bachelor’s Degrees to be Conferred

2020 Diné College Graduates. (L to R) Melvina R. Endischee, Associates of Arts in Business Administration. Frank Apachito, Associates of Arts in Liberal Arts. Deanna Lynn James, Associate of Science in Health Occupation.

Diné College to Recognize 176 graduates May 8th; a Record 53 Bachelor’s Degrees to be Conferred

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 3, 2020

TSAILE, Ariz. — The worldwide coronavirus (COVID-19) is not stopping Diné College from recognizing 176 graduates and conferring a record 53 bachelor’s degrees May 8.

This year, due to COVID-19, the college will recognize the students for their achievements through the college’s website.

“You did not ask to graduate during a pandemic,” Diné College President Charles M. Roessel, Ed.D., said in a pre-recorded online address to students on the college website (www.dinecollege.edu/graduates).

“I am honored by your stories of resilience. Your courage, love and commitment have inspired all of us across the Navajo Nation. We are honored to call you Warriors.”

The site will be viewable for a month after the graduation.

“This year’s graduation will be different due to social distancing conditions created by (COVID-19),” Diné College Provost Geraldine Garrity said. “The graduates will be recognized via the college website: www.dinecollege.edu/graduates. There will be no virtual graduation, however, a celebratory website will acknowledge students for their academic achievements. The usual graduation ceremony is postponed, allowing students to participate in a future in-person ceremony. Graduates will receive their diplomas imprinted with the May 8th graduation date.”

Diné College will have a number of speakers who have pre-recorded congratulatory messages to the graduates. The website will also include a hyperlink of conferral video if graduates decide to celebrate at home with immediate family members, Garrity said.

Garrity said the 176 students will receive associate’s and bachelor’s degrees and certificates, which includes a record 21 students receiving a bachelor’s of arts degree in psychology. Also, there are 10 students graduating with a bachelor’s of arts degree in business administration and eight set to get bachelor’s of science degrees in public health.

And, there are five students scheduled to graduate with bachelor’s degrees in biology, a program which was instituted about three years ago.

“The psychology program is only three years old, but the number of graduates keeps increasing,” Garrity said. “We are very proud of each graduate.”

Xandria Begay, 31, is a business administration major from Rock Point, Ariz. Begay, a mother of three, also received an associate’s degree from Diné College about three years ago. She said she would have liked to have participated in a typical ceremony, but is grateful nevertheless, considering the circumstances.

“When I first found out we were OK with it being postponed. But then the closer the date got, it got frustrating and emotional. Because I wanted my family to be there at the actual graduation and experience it with me. They were there with me when I received my associate’s degree. I felt like I was my own success story for my family. I wanted them to experience it with me.”

Begay said the shift to online instruction wasn’t really a big adjustment. “My classes were already online so the transition wasn’t too difficult. I already had an internet connection at home.”

The graduate website will include speakers, bios and photos of each graduate and a message from President Roessel, Garrity said. She said Class of 2020 will also receive a congratulatory gift package which includes the traditional diploma, a cap and gown and some college souvenirs.

Roessel added, “The sudden switch to online classes during the middle of the Spring semester was a challenge for a lot of students, but the graduates persevered. These students hung in there and completed their course requirements. I know some of them didn’t even have a laptop or access to the Internet, but they overcame these obstacles.”

Registration for the summer semester started May 4, and the first day of online classes is May 26. The entire registration process, including advisement and registration, will be online (www.dinecollege.edu), Garrity said. Tuition at Diné College is still $55 per credit hour — the lowest in the state of Arizona.

 

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Marie R. Etsitty Nez 
Vice President of External Affairs
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Associate Professor Chengde Wang

COURSES:

MTH 110: College Algebra, MTH 365: Modern Geometry, MTH 106: Survey on College Mathematics, MTH 191: Calculus I, MTH 221: Ordinary Differential Equation

CREDENTIALS:

Doctorate in Ph.D.: Arizona State University

Major: Mathematics

Master of Science: Beijing Biss International School

Major: Mathematics

Bachelor of Arts: Beijing Biss International School

Major: Mathematics

Willis Tsosie

COURSES:

CIS 111: Intro to Computers, CIS 210: Systems Analysis and Design, CSC 150: Programming Fundamentals, MTH 096: Basic Mathematics, MTH 100: Intermediate Algebra

CREDENTIALS:

Master of Science: Montana State University

Major: Information Processing & Communication

Bachelor of Science: Montana State University

Major: Computer Science

Associate Professor Donald Robinson

COURSES:

CHM 130: Fundamental Chemistry

CREDENTIALS:

Doctorate in Ph.D.: Maharishi University of Management

Major: Physiology

Master of Arts: Maharishi International University

Major: Science of Creative Intelligence

Master of Scienece: The University of Akron

Major: Biology

Bachelor of Scienece: Northern Arizona University

Major: Biology

Dennis Price

COURSES:

Credentialed to teach MTH 096: Basic Mathematics, MTH 100: Intermediate Algebra, MTH 110: College Algebra

CREDENTIALS:

Bachelor of Science: Northern Arizona University

Major: Agriculture

Associate Professor John Murray

COURSES:

MTH 100: Intermediate Algebra, PHY 111: Algebra based Physics II, PHY 131: Calculus based Physics II

CREDENTIALS:

Doctorate in Ph.D.: Clemson University

Major: Engineering

Master of Science: Clemson University

Major: Engineering

Bachelor of Scienece in Engineering: University of South Florida

Major: Engineering

Bachelor of Scienece: University of South Florida

Major: Engineering

Associate Professor Oleksandr Makeyev

COURSES:

Credentialed to in all MTH courses and Engineering.

CREDENTIALS:

Doctorate in Ph.D.: Clarkson University

Major: Engineering Science

Master of Science: Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University

Major: Statistics

Bachelor of Scienece: Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University

Major: Mathematics

Barbara Klein

COURSES:

BIO 205: Microbiology, CHM 152: General Chemistry II, CHM 230: Fundamental Organic Chemistry, CHM 236: General Organic Chemistry II
*Credentialed in CHM 100-300, BIO 100-400, HEE 100 and PUH 100-300. PUH is contingent based on official transcript.

CREDENTIALS:

Master of Arts, Master of Science: Iowa State University

Major: Microbiology

Master of Science: Clark College

Major: Computer Application

Bachelor of Arts: Mercyhurst College

Major: Chemistry

Carmella Kahn

COURSES:

PUH 100, 200, 300, 400

Professor Shazia Tabassum Hakim

COURSES:

Bio 100, 200, 300, 400

Associate Professor Fredrick Boyd

COURSES:

Needs credential form, BIO 160: Intro to Human Anatomy & Philosophy, BIO 201: Human Anatomy & Physiology, BIO 202: Human Anatomy & Physiology II
Credentialed for BIO 100-400, CHM 100-200 (300 level will be reviewed w/ faculty), HEE 100

CREDENTIALS:

Doctorate in PH.D.: University of Florida

Major: Medical Science and Physiology

Bachelor of Science: University of Wisconsin

Major: Zoology

Professor Michael Begaye

COURSES:

CHM 130: Fundamental Chemistry, CHM 152: General Chemistry II, CHM 230: Fundamental Organic Chemistry
CHM 100-300
*MTH 100-200 (300-400 level will be reviewed with Dean)

CREDENTIALS:

Doctorate in PH.D.: New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Major: Chemistry

Bachelor of Science: Fort Lewis College

Major: Chemistry

Professor Mark Bauer

COURSES:

PUH 200: Principles of Health Education, PUH 280: Implement &Evaluation of Public Health Intervention
*Anthropology 100, 200 level
Public Health 100-400 level

CREDENTIALS:

Doctorate in PH.D.: Northwestern University

Major: Anthropology

Bachelor of Arts: Ohio State University

Major: Anthropology

Associate Professor Don Whitesinger

COURSES:

FA227: Arts for Teachers, ARH 211: Survey of Native American Art, FA 106 Color Theory, FA112: 2D Design, FA 390: Painting III

CREDENTIALS:

Master Art of Teaching: Rhode Island School of Design

Bachelor of Arts: Arizona State University

Major: Studio Arts

Associate Professor Sheila White

COURSES:

HUM 152: Film Appreciation, HUM 131: Music Appreciation, ENG 101, 102

CREDENTIALS:

Master of Arts: Northern Arizona University

Major: English, Bilingual & Multicultural Education

Bachelor of Find Arts: University of Arizona

Major: Theatre Arts

Orlando White

COURSES:

ENG 101, 102: Freshman English II, ENG 212: Creative Writing: Poetry, ENG 233: Intro to Native American Literature

CREDENTIALS:

Master of Fine Arts: Brown University

Major: Literary Arts

Bachelor of Find Arts: Institute of American Indian Arts

Major: Creating Writing

Anna Walters

COURSES:

ENG 082, 085, ENG 101,102, 233

CREDENTIALS:

Master of Fine Arts: Goddard University

Bachelor of Arts

Professor Irvin Morris

COURSES:

ENG 082: Communication Workshop I, ENG 101, 102 Freshman English I&II, ENG 231 Intro to Literature

CREDENTIALS:

Master of Fine Arts: Cornell University

Major: Creative Writing

Jesse Maloney

COURSES:

ENG 233: Intro. to Native American Literature, ENG 075: Advanced Reading, ENG 082: Communication Workshop I, ENG 101: Freshman English I, ENG 102: Freshman English II,

Not Reading

CREDENTIALS:

Master of Fine Arts: Lindenwood University

Major: Writing

Bachelor of Arts: Northern Arizona University

Major:

Associate Professor Andrew Kwon

COURSES:

ENG 082: Communication Workshop I, ENG 101: Freshman English I, ENG 102: Freshman English II, ENG 212: Creative Writing: Poetry, ENG 238: Introduction to Indigenous Literacy

CREDENTIALS:

Doctorate of Philosophy: Oklahoma State University-College of Arts & Science

Major: English

Master of Fine Arts: University of Massachusetts

Major: English

Bachelor of Arts: Clark University

Major: History

Velma Hale

COURSES:

ENG 085: Communications Workshop II, ENG 072: Foundation of Reading, EDU 100, 200, 300, 400

CREDENTIALS:

Master of Arts: Northern Arizona University

Major: Bilingual-Multicultural Education

Bachelor of Science: Northern Arizona University

Major: Secondary Education in English

Emily Green

COURSES:

ENG 072: Foundation of Reading, ENG 082 Communication Workshop I, ENG 085 Communication Workshop II, ENG 101

CREDENTIALS:

Master of Arts: Old Dominquez University

Major: Applied Linguistic

Bachelor of Arts: Old Dominquez University

Major: English

Bachelor of Science

Associate Professor Robert Bollinger

COURSES:

DA 110: Introduction to Graphic Arts, DA 112: Computer Illustration I, DA 115: Web Design I, DA 212: Computer Illustration II, FA107: 3D design, FA Drawing II, FA 315: Drawing III

CREDENTIALS:

Master of Architecture: UNM

Major: Architectural design

Master of Fine Arts: San Francisco Art Institute

Major: Painting

Bachelor of Arts

Major: Fine Arts

Professor Karla Britton

COURSES:

ART 100, 200, 300, 400, FA 300, 400

CREDENTIALS:

Ph.D. Architecture