Ruth Buffalo to give commencement speech at Concordia

Buffalo and composer Edie Hill will receive honorary degrees during commencement.

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State Rep. Ruth Buffalo, D-Fargo
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MOORHEAD — Rep. Ruth Buffalo, North Dakota's first Native American Democratic woman lawmaker, will speak at Concordia College's commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 1.

The ceremony starts at 2 p.m., and Buffalo and composer Edie Hill will receive honorary degrees during commencement, according to a Concordia College press release.

Approximately 362 participants will receive 354 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees, two Master of Education degrees and six Master of Science degrees in Memorial Auditorium.

Buffalo earned her undergraduate degree in criminal justice at Si Tanka University, has a master's degree in management and business administration from the University of Mary and a master's degree in public health from North Dakota State University.

Hill is a composer whose work was recently performed by the Concordia Choir during this year's tour. Hill earned a bachelor's degree in music composition and piano performance at Bennington College and earned a master's and doctorate degree from the University of Minnesota.

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