North Dakota Holds Drive-Thru Graduation

The University of Denver announced a Day of Recognition graduation event along with a local photo opportunity at Mary Reed Circle scheduled for Friday, June 12th. A more traditional graduation ceremony for DU grads as been rescheduled for the spring of 2021.

However, Denver Hockey archrival University of North Dakota had other plans.

Yesterday, North Dakota seniors took to the road to receive their certificates in Grand Forks. Graduating students were invited to ‘drive-by’ and receive their certificates from chancellor Mark R. Hagerott as a part of their graduation ceremony. Hagerott resided over the procession from his lawn chair at Merrifield Hall. And the ceremony went off without a hitch, so to speak.

Below are some of the scenes from the Fighting Hawks ceremony:

North Dakota truck
Driving a bright red Ford, Del Heeney from Hazen said, “Six years of hard work finally paid off!”
North Dakota Deere
Bud Winkle was the only student to appear on a farm implement. Asked “Why?,,” Winkle stated the obvious, “Nothing runs like a Deere.”
North Dakota Corona
Administrators touted police efforts to keep their campus and city of Grand Forks safe by seizing this truck several hours before the graduation ceremony.
North Dakota Mythical
Students celebrate a “mythical 9th national championship” for the 2019-2020 hockey team.
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A number of graduates, like Cam Dirks (above), decided to stay home and celebrate.

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