Spring 2021 Virtual Commencement Ceremony
College of Business, Analytics & Communication
Thursday, May 13, 2021 | 2 p.m.
Order of Ceremony
• Pomp and Circumstance Opening | Minnesota Orchestra
• Welcome | Dr. Joshua J. Behl, Dean of the College of Business, Analytics & Communication
• Introduction | Dr. Anne E. Blackhurst, President of Minnesota State University Moorhead
• Commencement Address | Mr. Benjamin Meland*, B.S. Construction Management, Class of 2006
• Conferring Degrees & Presentation of Diplomas | Dr. Anne E. Blackhurst & Dr. Arrick L. Jackson, Vice President of Academic Affairs
• College of Business, Analytics & Communication | Dr. Joshua J. Behl
Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Science
• Student Speaker | Mr. Eric Honebrink, B.A. Economics, Class of 2021
• Graduate Studies | Dr. Lisa I. Karch, Dean of Graduate & Extended Learning
Master of Science
• Closing | Alma Mater
*Alumni speaker bio:
Ben Meland, a 2006 graduate of MSUM in Construction Management, is Co-Founder & CEO of Construction at Enclave where he leads the mission-driven development, construction and property management company in creating spaces that inspire people to do their best work and live their best life. A 2020 Prairie Business 40 under 40 recipient, Ben’s innovative vision and commitment to exceptional craftsmanship inspire team members to deliver the highest in reputation to Enclave’s clients and has spurred the Company’s growth over the last 10 years. Since its inception, Enclave has completed more than 70 multi-family, commercial, industrial and health care builds across the upper Midwest and beyond.
Ben served on the board of The Dakota Medical Foundation from 2016 – 2021 and currently serves on the board for Pulse. He also supports his church community through his time, talent and treasure. Ben resides in West Fargo with his wife Annie who received her bachelor’s degree from MSUM in 2006 and master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology in 2009. The couple have four children, Khloe, Hudson, Finn and Lincoln.