MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — More than 500 adult learners will graduate from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and its Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs in June. Three commencement convocations are planned for Saturday, June 2, to honor the graduates.

The ceremonies, to be held at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 3 p.m. at the Saint Mary’s University Center on Park Avenue in Minneapolis, will feature five graduates who have been invited to provide reflections as part of the ceremonies. Another eight graduating students will be honored with Saint Mary’s Outstanding Final Paper Awards.

Graduating students providing reflections are:

  • Jean Paul Dieme, M.A. in Education (Wisconsin)
  • Gaea Dill-D’Ascoli, M.A. in Arts and Cultural Management
  • Sharlene Miata Getaweh, D.B.A. in Business Administration
  • Sylvia Keli, M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Mileibys Y. Schroeder, Ed.D. in Leadership

Graduating students being honored with Outstanding Final Paper Awards are:

  • Tony Behan, Ed.D. in Leadership, “Lasallian Workplace Spirituality: Toward an Understanding of Meaningfulness, Belonging, and Person-Organization Fit of the Lasallian Workplace”
  • Lynda Boudreau, B.S. in Business, “Professional and Academic Development”
  • Wen Cheng, M.S. in Information Technology, “A Search Engine Website”
  • Mara Marie Koolmo, M.A. in Special Education, “Restorative Practice: Positive Implications within the School Setting”
  • Clyde A. Nix, M.A. in Health and Human Services Administration, “​Integrating Behavioral Health Services in a Large Health System: Opportunities to Assist in Achieving the Triple Aim of Healthcare”
  • John Joseph Pilz, Ed.D. in Leadership, “Cultural Understanding Developed Through Simulated Life Experiences: A Study of White Police Officers and African American Citizens”
  • Gretchen Rosa, M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy, “Grief: A Systemic Analysis beyond the First 12 Months of Mourning”
  • Kathryn Ann Schlaman, M.A. in Special Education, “The Effects of Mindfulness Strategies on Student Stress Reduction and Work Completion”