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Fall In-Person Commencement December 11 (Updated regarding weather conditions; see post for details)

November 18, 2021

Important update: partial power outage

We look forward to welcoming graduates and guests at today’s graduation ceremony. However, we are experiencing a partial power outage on campus due to high winds. We encourage everyone to consider wearing a mask and practice social distancing, if possible. Thank you.

Nearly 200 Northwood University students graduating this term will have the opportunity to receive their diplomas in front of an audience at a commencement ceremony on December 11 at Riepma Arena on campus.

Doors will open at noon to begin seating those attending, with the ceremony starting at 1:00 p.m. The event will also be live-streamed. A link will be shared on Northwood’s website ( when it is available.

“We look forward to celebrating our graduates’ accomplishments by holding our commencement ceremony in person this December,” said Dr. Kristin Stehouwer, academic vice president and provost at Northwood. “These students have worked very hard and have overcome challenges to complete their degrees. We can’t wait to see what our graduates accomplish as they begin the next chapters of their lives and apply what they have learned at Northwood to achieve career and personal success.”

During the commencement ceremony, Northwood will recognize this year’s Robert and Patricia Naegele Distinguished Community Service Award recipients. The award recognizes community service efforts that reflect Northwood’s values and enhance the University’s mission. For the first time, the honorees include a group of the whole team at the Midland County Department of Public Health (MCDPH). Northwood will also recognize Dr. Catherine Bodnar, MCDPH Medical Director, and Fred Yanoski, MCDPH Director/Health Officer.

“Northwood greatly appreciates the guidance and support provided by the Midland County Health Department throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Andy Cripe, Dean of Student Affairs. “We have worked closely with them, and their input has been instrumental in crafting the plans that have allowed us to continue our operations and provide a safe, educational experience for our students in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The health department team has also graciously held several vaccination clinics on campus for our students, faculty, and staff who choose to be vaccinated. The Midland County Health Department team truly makes a difference in the quality of life in our community.”

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