Haskell honors record number

196 students receive degrees

Felicia Francis, left, gets some help with her cap from Natasha Jake on Friday before heading into the Coffin Complex for graduation ceremonies.

Haskell Indian Nations University honored a record number of graduates Friday 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.

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 Bryant, 2008 Haskell Student of the Year.

An honorary baccalaureate degree was given in honor of Jeremy Ortley, who died earlier this year. His wife, Tracy Pargeets, accepted the degree. Linda Warner, Haskell president, said Ortley would always be known as “Haskell, rascal dad.” Pargeets is expected to give birth to their child next month.

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

A powwow is scheduled for today to celebrate the accomplishments of Haskell’s graduates.

Grand entry of dancers will be at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Gourd dancing begins at 3 p.m. General admission is $2.