College Notes: South Dakota State Announces List of Spring Graduates | Youth

BROOKINGS, SD — Four students from central Nebraska were among recent graduates from South Dakota State University. Overall, students from 33 states and 20 nations graduated after the spring 2022 semester.

Area graduates include: Logan Simpson of Burwell, BSc, College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences; Benjamin Dinkel de Kearney, Bachelor of Science, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Natalie Gydesen of North Loup, summa cum laude, BSc, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences; and Maria Northington of Hastings, BScN, College of Nursing.


Two Grand Island students were among approximately 3,700 graduates recently honored by the University of Maryland’s Global Campus, headquartered in Adelphi, Maryland. Leslie Morris graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Jon Jost holds a bachelor’s degree or a science degree in computer networks and cybersecurity. Celebrating its 75th anniversary, UMGC was established in 1947 to serve adults in the workforce. Today, UMGC enrolls some 90,000 students each year, offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs, as well as certificates in more than 125 fully online, hybrid, and face-to-face programs and specializations.

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Academic honors

Grant Johnson of Hastings, a graduate of Adams Central High School, has earned a spot on the Dean’s List for the spring semester at Drury University in Springfield, Mo. Recognition means a student has achieved a grade point average grade of 3.6 or higher (on a 4-point scale) while completing a full-time course load of 12 hours or more per semester.

Grand Island’s Kaleigh Metzger, a student at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, has earned a spot on the Academic Dean’s List for the spring 2022 semester. She is majoring in elementary education. The Dean’s List is made up of students who have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher while completing a minimum of 12 graded hours.

Mary Ferrone of Hastings has been named to the Dean’s List for the spring semester at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. A student must obtain a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 and complete a minimum of 12 credit hours to be recognized.