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2014 Graduation

Time:  10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Date:  Friday, May 16th, 2014
Location:  Thomas Witt Leach Complex (The Well)
Hosted By:  The Well

Friday May, 16th is the last day of the Spring semester. If you finished your coursework in December 2013 or will complete it in May 2014 or August 2014, make sure that you have applied for graduation. (Graduation Application PDF)

You are invited to participate in Williston State College's Commencement Ceremony. The ceremony will begin at 10:00 AM in The Well in the Thomas Witt Leach Complex. Please arrive early and already prepared for the ceremony.

Information will be emailed to students or you may inquire in the Student Services Office.

2014 Graduation Speakers

2014 Graduation Speaker Ron Rauschenberger 
Student Speaker #1 Ian Withe
Student Speaker #2 Rebekkah Fetzer
Faculty Speaker Richard Stenberg


Ron Rauschenberger, Chief of Staff

Ron Rauschenberger serves a s Chief of Staff to North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple.

Ron also served as Deputy Chief of staff and Chief of Staff to Governor John Hoeven. Prior  to joining the office of Governor, Rauschenberger was appointed by Governor Ed Schafer as a member and chairman of the North Dakota Development Fund board from 1993-2000,. Ron has been involved in economic development on a local regional and state level for more than 30 years. Economic development has been a primary focus since joining the Governor's office in 2001.

Ron is a native of Kenmare, ND where he owned and operated the family business for 20 years. He earned a 2 year degree in business from the University of North Dakota-Williston.

Ian Withey

Ian Withey is a 26 year old Williston native. He plans on pursuing a career in screenwriting and will continue his education at Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Ian enjoys reading, writing, collecting comics, watching movies, and playing board games. Ian's favorite author is Kurt Vonnegut and his favorite quotation from Vonnegut is, "We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be."

Rebekah Fetzer

Rebekah Fetzer is a business management major from Brookfield, Wisconsin.  She was involved in activities on campus such as being a student leader in CRU and president of Phi Theta Kappa.  Rebekah enjoys singing, piano, figure skating and skiing.  She plans on getting her Bachelors Degree in business management from NDSU and becoming a business management consultant.    

Richard Stenberg

A native of Watford City, North Dakota, Richard Stenberg attended the University of North Dakota-Williston, now WSC and continued on and received his undergraduate degrees in History & Social Science from Minot State University.  He received his MA Degree in American History from the University of North Dakota where he specialized in North Dakota History with his thesis on Governor George F. Shafer.  Since 1995 he has taught at WSC where he offers the standard survey courses in US History & Western Civilization, introduced the History of North Dakota to WSC's curriculum and has taught a number of specialty courses over the years.

Stenberg has written over half a dozen articles covering North Dakota History, the Upper Missouri Fur trade & Lewis & Clark.  He was a 2002-2003 recipient of the North Dakota Humanities Council Research Fellow where he researched and presented "A Year of Upheaval: Railroad Unionization and the Strikes of 1984 in North Dakota."  He also was awarded the 2004 Fort Union Fellowship on researching Fur trade history.  He has presented papers at fur trade symposiums, the North Dakota History Conference and the Northern Great Plains History Conference.  Recently he served as a historical consultant for the documentary "6 Brothers: A Story of Hope, Loss & Perseverance" aired on Prairie Public Television.  He has also completed nineteen summer seasons with the National Park Service serving as an interpretive Park Ranger at Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site.  He and his wife Mary have three daughters.