Friday, April 8, 2016

UMC Commencement Saturday, May 7

CROOKSTON, Minn. – Outdoors enthusiast, fishing expert, and wildlife damage extension specialist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Mandy Uhrich will address the University of Minnesota Crookston Class of 2016 during commencement exercises on Saturday, May 7, 2016. Graduates will take part in the ceremony, which begins at 2 p.m. in Lysaker Gymnasium. All are welcome to attend.

Uhrich, a 2005 graduate in natural resources, started her career with the Minnesota DNR in 2001 with the Farmland Wildlife Populations and Research Center near Madelia, Minnesota. Since that time, she has worked in a variety of roles including the Parks and Trails Division as well as Wildlife. She worked with the United States Department of Agriculture as a wildlife conservation biologist where she was recognized for enrolling 9,650 acres of private land into conservation programs—an outstanding achievement.

She spent the next six years working for the Minnesota Department of Transportation as an operations specialist and integrated resource coordinator managing several natural resource programs and research. In 2013, she returned to the DNR in the position she now holds assisting private organizations, citizens, commercial agricultural producers, and all wildlife staff throughout the state of Minnesota experiencing wildlife damage problems. 

Living amid the lakes in central Minnesota, it is no surprise when Uhrich isn’t at work, she is on the water. In 2016, this professional angler will fish some 30 tournaments for three bass circuits, speak at seminars on fishing, and volunteer her time to encourage women and girls through organizations like Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW), Keeping Kids in outDoor Sports (KKIDS), and others.

A reception in the Northern Lights Lounge, Sargeant Student Center, precedes the commencement ceremony from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The public is welcome to attend both events; no tickets are required. Additionally, a special reception for online graduates will be held at 10 a.m. in the Prairie Room, Sargent Student Center, and a reception for international student graduates will be held following commencement exercises at 4 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.

On Saturday at 2 p.m., the formal procession of faculty, candidates for degrees, and platform guests will begin from the Sargeant Student Center to the gymnasium led by Mace Bearer W. Daniel Svedarsky, professor and director of the Center for Sustainability. The procession also includes Faculty Marshal Lynnette Mullins, assistant professor in the Liberal Arts and Education Department.

Bringing greetings from the University of Minnesota Board of Regents is the Honorable Darrin Rosha, Independence, Minn., who will also assist with the conferring of the degrees.
University of Minnesota, Crookston Alumni Association (UMCAA) Board President Alisha Aasness 2012 will bring greetings from the UMCAA and welcome the new graduates to the alumni association. The U of M Crookston Community Band under the direction of TJ Chapman, lecturer in the Math, Science, and Technology Department, will perform along with selections during the ceremony by the campus choir under the direction of Associate Professor George French.

Crookston Student Association (CSA) President Tareyn Stomberg, a senior double majoring in animal science and agricultural business from Menahga, Minn., will speak on behalf of the Class of 2016 and pass the torch of education, a Crookston campus tradition, to the incoming CSA president.

The 2016 commencement exercises mark the 108th graduating class to be recognized on the Crookston campus. A live audio stream of the commencement exercises will be available at

For more information, visit the commencement website at