Faculty and staff congratulate graduating students on their way into the commencement ceremony.

The May 13 commencement ceremony for Winona undergraduate and graduate students highlighted academic achievement and acknowledged student leaders. Undergraduate student reflections were offered by this year’s Outstanding Male and Female Seniors Peter Hegland, son of Jim and Tanja Hegland of Saint Charles, Minn., and Ena Moats, daughter of Steven and Julie Moats of Roland, Iowa. Representing our Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs was Heather Jill Mahady Eld, while Rachel Busch and Traci M. Douglas were presented with Outstanding Graduate Final Paper Awards.

We also took the occasion to honor a noted researcher, educator, and alumnus John Stegeman, Ph.D., with a Doctor of Science degree, honoris causa. Dr. Stegeman, a 1966 graduate of Saint Mary’s, is senior scientist and director of the prestigious Woods Hole Center for Oceans and Human Health at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts and an internationally respected researcher in biochemistry, focused on the biological effects of chemicals in the environment.

View photos of the May 13 commencement ceremony online (click on “View Album”).