Ridgewater College celebrates 2022 graduates

More than 700 Ridgewater College students, including online students, were eligible to walk in commencements in Hutchinson and Willmar on May 12-13.

Ridgewater College, graduates
Student leaders Makayla Breth, of St. Anthony, from left, Hsa Lar, of Willmar and Thailand, and Kaleb Krupa, of Spicer, celebrate great memories together outside of their classrooms.
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WILLMAR — Nearly 200 graduates participated in the Ridgewater College commencement exercises on May 13 at the Willmar Civic Center.

According to a news release from the college, more than 700 Ridgewater students, including online students, were eligible to walk in commencements in Hutchinson and Willmar on May 12-13.

Ridgewater College, Aliyo Ahmed
Aliyo Ahmed, liberal arts and sciences graduate of Willmar, takes time to celebrate at the commencement photo booth.
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The Willmar commencement student speaker was Coral Mattison of Thief River Falls. She graduated with an associate of applied science degree in veterinary technology.

The guest speaker was Ridgewater alumni Jerrid Sebesta, director of business development for the Taatjes Financial Group in Willmar and a former weather forecaster for KARE-11 news.

Ridgewater College, Justice Masters
Welding graduate Justice Masters, of Echo, shares a wave of accomplishment with the audience.
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Ridgewater  College, Juan Roberto
Juan Roberto, of Howard Lake, can’t help but smile for the camera after completing his Occupational Skills program.
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Ridgewater College, commencement speakers
Willmar commencement speakers included Student Senate President Makayla Breth, left, of St. Anthony, student speaker Coral Mattison, veterinary technology graduate from Thief River Falls; and guest speaker Ridgewater Warrior alumni Jerrid Sebesta, director of business development for Taatjes Financial Group.
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