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Spring Graduation Ceremonies and Speakers

Published: 5-28-2013 3:00 pm

Alexis Sieh

Brandon Foote

Kim Hix

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Wayne State College held commencement May 4 in Rice Auditorium.  A total of 448 degrees -- 354 undergraduates and 94 graduate degrees -- were conferred at the ceremonies by Wayne State President Curt Frye. Nebraska State Senator Greg Adams, speaker of the Nebraska legislature and a 1974 graduate of Wayne State College, delivered the commencement address at the undergraduate ceremony.

Graduate Commencement Address
Brandon Foote, husband of Staci Foote and the son of Brian and Tammy Foote, delivered the first of two addresses at the graduate ceremony. Foote, who graduated with his master’s degree in organizational management with an emphasis in sport management, earned his bachelor’s degree at Wayne State in 2011. 

Foote has served as a graduate assistant for the Wayne State sports information office the past two years. His duties have included helping create all of the media guides for the various sports at Wayne State, while also updating the website with stories, photo galleries and press releases. Foote also entered live stats for the website at all home games along with numerous other tasks and responsibilities.

Graduate Commencement Address
Kimberly Hix, wife of Ryan Hix and daughter of Jim and Terri Vrooman, delivered the second of two addresses at the graduate ceremony. Hix received her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. She graduated from Wayne State in the winter of 2008 with her bachelor of science in elementary education with an endorsement in early childhood development.

Hix teaches fourth grade at Wayne Elementary School and has two children, Elizabeth and Benjamin.

Undergraduate Invocation
Alexis Sieh delivered the invocation at the undergraduate ceremony. She is the daughter of Mike and Shellie Sieh of Stanton, Neb. Alexis graduated as valedictorian from Stanton Community Schools in 2009 and studied chemistry health science with a minor in biology at Wayne State College. She has been on the Dean’s List with a 4.0 GPA all four years, is a Board of Trustees Scholar, and is a member of the Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP). 

Sieh has participated in Health Science Club, Cardinal Key Honor Society, Philomathean Presidential Honor Society, and was named a 2012 Homecoming Princess. She held positions as the President of Rotaract Club and the Co-Student President of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society while attending Wayne State College. Sieh has been a Science and Math Tutor for the Holland Academic Success Center the past two years and was their secretary. She graduated with High Honors in her major and has presented her honors research project at the National Academy of Science and the American Chemical Society. Sieh will begin her studies at University of Nebraska Medical Center’s College of Medicine in August to pursue a doctorate degree in medicine. Sieh hopes to one day return to rural Nebraska to practice in the surrounding area.

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