413 to Participate in 2013 Commencement

Augustana announced that 413 students will graduate this weekend, with the commencement ceremony honoring the class of 2013 set for 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, at the Elmen Center, located on campus at 2505 S. Grange Ave. Doors will open at 1 p.m. for seating.

Friends and family not able to attend the ceremony can watch the live Web Stream broadcast beginning at 2 p.m.

The ceremony’s speakers include:

Dr. Peter Schotten, Professor of Government and International Affairs; Social Science Division Chair
Dr. Peter SchottenDr. Schotten received his Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate School and teaches courses in constitutional law and political philosophy. His academic interests include constitutional law and political philosophy. Dr. Schotten has co-authored two books and numerous scholarly papers within these disciplines. During his teaching career at Augustana, he has held the Stanley Olson Chair of Moral values, the Orin M. Lofthus Distinguished Professorship, the Frederick Kohlmeyer Distinguished Teaching Professorship and the Burlington Northern Excellence in Teaching Award. He has also served as Augustana’s pre-law advisor since his initial appointment.

View the complete schedule for all Commencement 2013 events.

Molly Kokesh, Senior, Scotland, S.D.
Kokesh is a native of Scotland, S.D., and the daughter of Marilyn and the late Dennis Kokesh. A German molly kokeshand Government/International Affairs major, Political Philosophy minor, and Civitas honors student, Kokesh was Augustana’s 2012 Truman Scholarship nominee, a honor designed for those who intend to pursue a career in governmental or non-governmental public service. As a member of the College and state record-holding distance medley relay, Kokesh is an All-American track athlete and a member of Augustana's Cross Country team. She traveled to Austria in 2011 to study German; and to Norway in 2012 as a Peace Prize Forum Scholar, an opportunity providing two months of peace and conflict study at the University of Oslo. For her final project as a Peace Scholar, Kokesh studied the immigrant integration system in Oslo and its effect on minority women, a topic she has aspirations to explore in Sioux Falls. On campus, Kokesh is co-president of Augie Green, the campus environmental club, and is a member of the ASA Student Senate. She is an Ambassador with Augustana Cultural Exchange (ACE), a program designed to help international students transition to the United States, and is a mentor for FRIENDSLink, a program linking young adults with disabilities to opportunities for continuing educational and social growth. After Augustana, Kokesh plans to spend a gap year serving in AmeriCorps, or working in Sioux Falls, before entering graduate school for environmental or immigration law, or policy study.

View the complete schedule for all Commencement 2013 events.