As commencement day approaches at Bemidji State University, more than 300 graduating BSU seniors attended a special send-off event at the David Park House May 1 from 5–7 p.m. immediately following graduation rehearsal, which was held in Hagg-Sauer Hall.
Hosted by the BSU Alumni & Foundation office and sponsored by Jimmy John’s in Bemidji, students were welcomed to a meal of sandwiches, chips and cookies. Each student received a BSU pint glass and were invited to register for a variety of BSU door prizes. A small group of local alumni, along with BSU staff, helped coordinate the event and welcome students.
Despite cold, rainy weather, students lined the sidewalk near the David Park House to receive their free meal, senior gift, register for door prizes and take photos with a special BSU-branded photo frame.
With 302 students visiting during the two-hour send-off, attendance was up significantly over the previous year’s event; approximately 180 students attended in 2018.
Bemidji State University, located amid the lakes and forests of northern Minnesota, occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. Enrolling more than 5,100 students, Bemidji State offers more than 80 undergraduate majors and eight graduate degrees encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. BSU is a member of the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities and has a faculty and staff of more than 550. The university’s Shared Fundamental Values include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and international and multicultural understanding. For more, visit bemidjistate.edu or find us at BemidjiState on most of your favorite social media networks.