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Ben Mitchell

Ben Mitchell
Mechanical Engineering '06

Ben Mitchell grew up in a devout household in the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan where emphasis was placed on helping others. He traveled with his father to places such as Kenya and Peru on short-term medical missions. When he was in Kenya, a missionary explained that engineers have the greatest potential to influence the largest number of people. During high school, Ben participated in a youth mission trip to Tijuana. A result of the mission trips, his family decided to adopt three Vietnamese children when he was a junior.

All of these experiences had a great influence on Ben’s outlook on life. He decided to major in mechanical engineering and enrolled at Lake Superior State University. Near the end of his senior year, he decided to volunteer for the Peace Corps to help others.

His two-year commitment began in the fall of 2007 and took Ben to Burkina Faso in western Africa. He resides in the village of Tansila, population 3,000, approximately 10 km from the Mali border. His host organization is the local cotton growers union. It works cooperatively with other villages to improve and expand their production techniques. He serves as an agribusiness advisor as a part of the Small Enterprise Development program which helps create market linkages and assists with the advancement of business skills.

Congratulations Graduates


Official Degree Audit

Meet with your advisor and complete your Official Degree Audit. You will need a Degree Audit for your Major, and for any Minors you plan to earn. Have your advisor AND the Chair of the department sign the degree audit(s).

If you have courses that are being waived, or you are being allowed substitutions, please also have your advisor complete the appropriate Substitution and Waiver Forms, signed by the department chair and the Dean. If you are in a teaching major, the Assistant Dean for Teacher Education will also need to sign all paperwork.


Graduation Application

Complete a Graduation Application. If you are planning to graduate with more than one degree, complete a Graduation Application for each degree.

Submit the Graduation Application(s) AND the Official Degree Audit(s) to the Registrarís Office by the date indicated on the Graduation Application.

If you are planning on changing your graduation information, e.g. expected graduation semester, remove majors, remove minors, change degree type from Bachelor of Arts to Bachelor of Science, etc., you will need to notify the Registrar's Office by completing the Request to Change Graduation Information.


Verification of Degree Requirements

The Registrarís Office will send you a Verification of your Degree Audit letting you know what requirements are still needed, to earn your degree. Your advisor will also receive a copy of this form.


Commencement Ceremony

Plan to attend the Commencement Ceremony. You are eligible to attend if you graduated during the previous Fall semester, or if you plan to graduate Spring or Summer Semester. You will be required to purchase a Cap, Gown and tassel.

If you are not attending the ceremony, please complete the Request to Not Attend Form and bring it to the Registrarís Office to pick up your Diploma cover.


Diploma

Diplomas are mailed to the address on your Graduation Application six to eight weeks after the end of the semester. Additional copies of your diploma may also be ordered.


Questions / Concerns? Contact us

If you have questions, concerns and/or comments regarding the above, please email us at graduation@lssu.edu, call us at 906-635-2682, or visit the Registrar's Office, located in the Fletcher Center for Student Services.


Graduate School Bound ...

Kim Churchill

Kim Churchill
Geology

"I've been accepted to Montana Tech's graduate school to pursue a master's degree in geophysical engineering. I have also accepted a full-funded graduate research assistantship to work with the Montana National Guard on developing magnetic techniques to detect unexploded ordinance. My summer internship with Geolex, a company under contract with the Guard, will study acquiring data, performing analysis, and offering interpretation on unexploded ordinance." [ more ]

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