History was made when the first four graduates of the Alaska Native Studies and Languages program walked across the stage.
A record 57 Alaska Natives graduated from a UAS campus this year; and history was made when the first four graduates of the Alaska Native Studies and Languages program walked across the stage at the May 4 commencement ceremony on the Juneau campus. They are Susie Lee Edwardson, Nae Brown, Roseanna Willard, and Konrad Frank.The program has taken off from just a few interested students to a full-fledged degree, with credit mostly due to an engaged student body who fought for the classes. Vice Chancellor Joe Nelson asked everyone in the audience at the Native graduation celebration to keep the group of Native alumni growing and recruit young Native people to attend UAS. He said the new on-campus residence hall in Juneau is aimed at attracting and keeping more students, including Native students.
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