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Wayne State College Winter 2011 Commencement

Published Monday, December 5th, 2011

Wayne State College held commencement for graduate and undergraduate students at 2 p.m. Dec. 16, 2011, in Rice Auditorium.

Wayne State College held commencement for graduate and undergraduate students at 2 p.m. Dec. 16, 2011, in Rice Auditorium. A total of 195 degrees - 145 undergraduates and 50 graduate degrees - were conferred at the ceremonies by Wayne State President Curt Frye.

Invocation Speaker

Emily Kingsley of West Point, Neb., delivered the invocation for the winter commencement ceremony.  Kingsley majored in English literature with a minor in speech communication. She is the daughter of Roger Kingsley, a 1996 graduate of Wayne State, and Deb Kingsley.

Kingsley is a member of Sigma Tau Delta English honor society and Lambda Pi Eta Communications honor society. She served as the Campus Crusade for Christ co-director, speech Peer Tutor, and the 2010 Homecoming Queen. She also made the Dean's List several semesters.

She began working in full-time ministry and humanitarian aid after graduation.

Commencement Speakers

Katie Isom of Valentine, Neb., delivered one of two commencement addresses for the winter commencement ceremony. Isom majored in chemistry as part of Wayne State's Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP). She is the daughter of Stephen and Jamie Isom.

Isom was active with the Health Science Club, Cardinal Key, women's golf team, Student Athlete Advisory Committee, Wayne After School Tutoring Program and appeared on the Dean's List. As a student athlete she was honored as a Presidential Scholar Athlete, Division II Athletic Directors Association Academic Achievement Award, and the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Spring All-Academic Team.

After graduation, she enrolled in medical school at University of Nebraska Medical Center to study family medicine.

Tara Settje of Leigh, Neb., delivered the other commencement address at the winter commencement ceremony. Tara majored in business administration with concentrations in management and human resource management. She is the daughter of Mike and Cindy Settje.

Settje received a Wayne State Leadership Scholarship, National Sigma Beta Delta Scholarship, served as president of Cardinal Key and Delta Sigma Pi, and was a member of Sigma Beta Delta, the Society for Human Resource Management, Dean's List, and Homecoming Royalty 2011.

She began serving as office manager/ logistics director for Pig Express in Leigh after graduation.