CommencementMore than 1100 students will participate in the Winona State University Spring 2016 Commencement ceremonies Friday, May 6, in McCown Gymnasium in Memorial Hall on the Winona campus.

The morning ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. and include the College of Business, the College of Education and the College of Liberal Arts. The afternoon ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. and include the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and the College of Science and Engineering.

Doors open one hour prior to each ceremony. A reception will be held following each ceremony at the pavilion near the Alumni Gazebo in the center in the campus (rain location: Talbot Gymnasium, Memorial Hall).

A live stream of the ceremonies will be available online at:

Alternate viewing locations will be available on the Winona campus in the Integrated Wellness Complex, room 143, and the PAC Recital Hall, and on the Rochester campus in Science and Technology building, room 118.

The comments of a graduating student are featured as part of each Winona State Commencement ceremony. This morning ceremony’s student speaker is Danielle Weiler from Hastings, Minn. Weiler will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Individualized Studies with an emphasis in Pre-Law. The afternoon ceremony’s student speaker will be Tanya Omar from Eden Prairie, Minn. Omar will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Cell and Molecular Biology with an emphasis in Pre-Medical.

WSU students Emily Brandt, a Communication Studies and Spanish major from Minnetonka, Minn., and Daniel Young, a Communication Studies major from Winona, Minn., will introduce the degree candidates.

The commencement ceremonies are broadcast live on HBC TV 25 in Winona and in markets served by Hiawatha Broadband Communications. HBC TV 25 will also rebroadcast the ceremonies Saturday, May 7, and Sunday, May 8, with the morning ceremony airing at 8 p.m. and the afternoon ceremony at 10:30 p.m.

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