Minnesota State University Moorhead will award degrees to about 485 students during its fall commencement program Thursday, Dec. 14 in the university’s Nemzek Fieldhouse.

The 1 p.m. ceremony also includes nearly 120 graduate students.

Alumnus Mark Knutson, with degrees in Business Administration and Finance, will be the commencement speaker.

Knutson’s work background includes positions in finance, business management/ownership, and mergers and acquisitions.

However, his true passion is fitness and endurance sports. He started the Fargo Marathon in 2005, and later left the corporate world to become the full-time director of that event and to start Go Far Events.

For those who can’t attend commencement, it will be streamed live online at https://www.mnstate.edu /registrar/graduation/

The following area students are expected to graduate:

Zachary Ballard, 2013, Pelican Rapids H.S., Bachelor of Music, Summa Cum Laude.
Dacia Johnson, 2012, Pelican Rapids H.S., Bachelor of Science.
Austen Miller, 2001, Pelican Rapids H.S., Master of Science.
Devin Schell, 2013, Pelican Rapids H.S., Bachelor of Science.
Gene Schleeter, 2011, Perham H.S., Bachelor of Fine Arts.
Miranda Tubridy, 2014, Pelican Rapids H.S., Bachelor of Science.