Celebrating the Class of 2017
Doyon Foundation and Doyon, Limited as well as family, friends and other supporters gathered to celebrate the class of 2017 at the Foundation’s annual graduate reception on May 5 in Fairbanks.
The event honored the 69 Doyon Foundation students who graduated or are graduating this year. Included in the total were 26 high school students, 38 certificate, associate’s or bachelor’s degree students, five master’s degree students, and two Ph.D. candidates.
The event commenced with an opening prayer led by Allan Hayton, the Foundation’s language revitalization program director. Foundation Executive Director Doris Miller gave the welcome before turning the stage over to Kathleen Meckel Hildebrand, who gave the alumna keynote address. Hildebrand holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Holy Names College, as well as a master’s degree in education from Western Oregon University.
Guests then heard from 2017 graduate speaker, Esther Frykman, who recently graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with an associate’s degree in nursing. Excerpts from Hildebrand and Frykman’s speeches are available on the Foundation’s YouTube channel, accessible at www.doyonfoundation.com.
Before the event concluded, all graduates in attendance had the opportunity to introduce themselves to the audience.
In total, approximately 40 people attended the event to celebrate the 2017 graduates. Event photos are available on the Foundation’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/doyonfoundation.
The Foundation will soon distribute its popular graduate yearbook featuring photos and short bios on each of the 2017 graduates. Those interested in receiving the electronic yearbook should sign up to receive the Foundation’s e-newsletter or subscribe to the Foundation’s blog at www.doyonfoundation.com.