Archive for Friday, May 9, 2008

Haskell honors record number of graduates

May 9, 2008, 1:44 p.m. Updated May 9, 2008, 2:24 p.m.


Haskell Indian Nations University honored a record number of graduates this morning during its Spring Commencement ceremony.

Eighty students accepted a bachelor's degree, and 116 received an associate's degree before a standing-room-only Coffin Complex.

Family, alumni and friends from across the nation were in attendance. Among the special guests who received a warm welcome were former president Bob Martin, actor Adam Beach, of "Flags of Our Fathers," and Kansas University national champion basketball players Sasha Kaun and Jeremy Case.

Those honored during the ceremony were Gary Kodaseet, 2008 Outstanding Alumnus; William Gilbert, American Indian College Fund Student of the Year; Jerry Bailey, 2008 Friend of Haskell Award; and Elliot Bryan, 2008 Haskell Student of the Year.

An honorary baccalaureate degree was given to Tracy Pargeets, the wife of Jeremy Ortley, who died earlier this year. Linda Warner, Haskell president, said Ortley would always be known as "Haskell, rascal dad." He and Tracy are expecting a child next month.

"While Jeremy's time with us might have seemed short, this young man imparted wisdom beyond his years," Warner said.


bearded_gnome 10 years ago

congratulations!and the four-year grads, good going! you are so very important to the future.

cato_the_elder 10 years ago

Heartiest congratulations to all Haskell grads and honorees.

KansasPerson 10 years ago

Karrey Britt, nice article, but slight correction needed:"Linda Warner, Haskell president, said Ortleywould always be known as "Haskell, rascal dad." He and Tracy are expecting a child next month."A Haskell Rascal, as far as I know, is a child born to a Haskell student. So it might read more closely to President Warner's meaning if you say that Ortley would always be known as a Haskell Rascal dad.

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