Graduate Student to Present Summer Commencement Address

Glennis Nagel
Director, Media Communications, 308.865.8454

Graduate student Trent Steele, who came to Kearney from Beatrice, will give the summer commencement address during 10 a.m. ceremonies set for Friday, July 29, at the University of Nebraska at Kearney Health and Sports Center.

This year marks the first time in a decade that UNK has had summer commencement ceremonies. Steele was selected to give the commencement address based on a letter of application. He will receive a master’s degree in education, school principalship, 7-12.

In his letter of application, Steele wrote: “My pride in the education I have received at the University of Nebraska at Kearney leads me to submit my application…Over several decades, numerous members of my family have shared the experience of an excellent education at this institution.

“It has been a privilege to be a UNK graduate student, and I shall be honored to be an alum,” he concluded.

Steele holds a law degree from UNL. During law school, he won the Roscoe Pound Award for oral advocacy, the award for Best Brief in the Pound Moot Court competition and finished third in the nation in the National Client Counseling competition. Further, he is a member of the Order of the Barristers honor society and was twice selected as a John W. Gradwohl Scholar for the Nebraska Council of School Attorneys.

In addition, he co-chaired the Community Legal Education Project and was a law clerk for the Nebraska Attorney General. After graduation, he will serve as an assistant principal at Kearney High School.

UNK Chancellor Doug Kristensen will give the opening welcome. Elisia Anne Harvey of Alda, Class of 2005, will give the student greetings. Charles Lindley, president of the UNK Alumni Association, will give greetings on behalf of the association. The National Anthem will be performed by Dr. Jim Payne, UNK professor of music and performing arts.

For those unable to attend commencement, the ceremonies will be Webcast on the UNK Web site at:

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UNK graduates are listed with those from Nebraska listed first, alphabetically by hometown; followed by out-of-state graduates, listed alphabetically by state; and international students, listed alphabetically by country. Information appearing after
each student’s name includes: the respective college, the degree being awarded, the subject matter and honors.

NOTE: Abbreviations that appear in the listings, and what they represent, are as follows

BT – College of Business & Technology
ED – College of Education
FA – College of Fine Arts & Humanities
GR – Graduate College
NS – College of Natural & Social Sciences

Undergraduate Degrees:
BA – Bachelor of Arts
BAE – Bachelor of Arts in Education
BS – Bachelor of Science
BSE – Bachelor of Science in Education
BFA – Bachelor of Fine Arts
BGS – Bachelor of General Studies

Graduate Degrees:
EDS – Education Specialist
MA – Master of Arts
MAE – Master of Arts in Education
MS – Master of Science
MSE – Master of Science in Education
MBA – Master of Business Administration


ADMIN, Administration; BIOL, Biology; BUS, Business; CHEM, Chemistry; COMM, Communication; COMP, Comprehensive; CONST, Construction; DEVEL, Development; DIST, Distribution; ECON, Economics; EDU, Education; ELEM, Elementary; EMPH, Emphasis; END, Endorsement; ENVIR, Environmental; GEO, Geography; INDUS, Industrial; INFO, Information; INTERP, Interpretation; MARK, Marketing; MATH, Mathematics; MGMT, Management; MOD, Moderate; PHYS, Physical; PROD, Production; SCI, Science; SECOND, Secondary; SCHL, School; SOC, Social; STU, Students; SP ED, Special Education; SYS, Systems; TECH, Technology; THEA, Theatre; TRANS, Translation; VOC, Vocational.

The (H) behind students’ names indicates that they are members of the Honors Program; an (MB), Mortar Board; and (PKP), Phi Kappa Phi. Summa cum laude (3.90-4.00 grade point average), magna cum laude   (3.80-3.89 grade point average),   cum laude   (3.70-3.79 grade point average) and honorable mention (3.50-3.69 grade point average)

List of Graduates (Text File)