Winona State University Commencement

Brian Waldbilling ’18

The Winona State University Fall Class of 2017 includes nearly 500 stories of success.

Click below for a sampling of WSU success stories, from students who epitomize what it means to the live the WSU mission: a community of learners improving our world.


Justin Bergeron

Major: Computer Science

“I started to design an app called BetterYou Health & Fitness and now it’s my future post-graduation job. Because of the WSU community, I have turned my dreams into a reality.”  

Learn more about Justin’s journey to graduation

Andrea Boe

Major: Public Relations

“WSU gave me an environment full of opportunities to explore the extent of my capabilities.”

Learn more about Andrea’s journey to graduation

Dinithi DevaAdithiya

Major: Nursing

“The world will not stop because things are difficult for you. Work hard, and never give up.”

Learn more about Dinithi’s journey to graduation


Nicole Engstrand

Major: Social Work

“Overall, my WSU experience has enhanced my self-worth, confidence, abilities, and so much more.”

Learn more about Nicole’s journey to graduation

Naiara Garcia 

Major: Cell/Molecular Biology

“Never give up and always look forward. At times, life will punch you hard but it will all be well as long as you keep going.”

Learn more about Naiara’s journey to graduation

Kelsy Kelly

Major: Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education

“The most important thing WSU taught me was to be true to myself and follow my own path.”

Learn more about Kelsy’s journey to graduation

Wendy Krull
Wendy Krull '17

Major: Graduate Nursing DNP AGCNS

“Graduating from a program with such high expectations provides feelings of personal attainment and satisfaction. I am extremely proud to have earned a degree from WSU.”

Learn more about Wendy’s journey to graduation

Maude Livingston

Major: Psychology

“I’m proud to graduate from WSU because it means I’m a warrior. I faced challenges here and I overcame them. When people said that I couldn’t do something, I proved them wrong.”

Learn more about Maude’s journey to graduation

Janak Singh-Sethi

Major: Finance

“If your “why” is greater than “for what” you’re halfway there.”

Learn more about Janak’s journey to graduation


WSU Fall Commencement Ceremonies will take place Friday, Dec. 8, in McCown Gymnasium on the Winona campus. The 10 a.m. ceremony will feature the College of Business, the College of Education, and the College of Science and Engineering. The 2 p.m. ceremony will feature the College of Liberal Arts, and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

For more information, visit or call University Communications at 507-457-5024.

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Brian Waldbillig

Brian is a Public Relations major and Communication Studies minor from Farmington, MN. His hobbies include photography, hiking and going to concerts.