MARQUETTE – Shannon Butryn, a secondary education English and secondary education social studies major from Escanaba, Mich., will be the student speaker at Northern Michigan University’s mid-year commencement on Saturday, Dec. 17. Nolan Bunce, from Marshall, Mich., will be the student soloist at the ceremony.

            During her years at NMU, Butryn was a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society, First Impressions, and Sigma Tau Delta. She was employed by the NMU concession stand for all four years, two of those years as a student supervisor. She was also actively involved with the house and hall governments of Spalding and Spooner Halls. She is the daughter of Bonnie Butryn of Escanaba.

            “In my speech, I plan to talk about the book ‘The Little Engine That Could,’” said Butryn. “I want the students to know that all of life’s hills can be overcome by having a positive attitude.” She is currently student teaching in Green Bay, Wis.

            Bunce, a secondary education music major, was chosen as the soloist by the NMU music department for his outstanding vocal talent. At the ceremony, he will lead the singing of the national anthem as well as the NMU alma mater. He is the son of Janice Watkins of Marshall.

            The commencement ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Superior Dome.

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Becky Kratz