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.