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Spring commencement: The rundown

The Spring 2022 commencement will take place on April 30 at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena at 10:30 a.m and lasts roughly 2.5 hours. The Michigan Tech commencement ceremony is a time for celebrating and acknowledging graduating Huskies. Each graduating senior has an important role to play on this day, including student commencement speaker Brooke Tienhaara, who was recently announced by the Dean of Students Dr. Wallace Southerland III. She was chosen as student commencement speaker by the Student Affairs committee after her essay on how she reclaimed her Husky spirit.

Tienhaara wrote her essay about how a gap year has helped her grow as a person and a MTU student. She made it clear that, “you don’t have to be a perfect student to be the commencement speaker; I just had a story I wanted to share.” Although she couldn’t go into much detail of what her speech will entail, she has been meeting with Dr. Southerland to ensure the most meaningful outcome for graduating students. She gave a short snippet of her main message: “just keep on chugging.” This goes for every undergraduate student either graduating or staying at Michigan Tech. “If something doesn’t work the first time, try again. If it doesn’t work the second time, try something new. Don’t stop trying.” 

To hear Brooke’s full speech and celebrate the spring class of 2022, tune in to the livestream, as in-person tickets are reserved for graduating Huskies’ family and friends. 

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