Northwest Technical College’s Class of 2021 Set to Graduate In Person on May 7

Northwest Technical College will honor more than 220 college graduates during an in-person Commencement ceremony, May 7.

Coordinated following COVID-19 guidelines set forth by the State of Minnesota and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the ceremony will last about an hour and will be live-streamed on Facebook and Vimeo. The graduates were not required to attend the ceremony and not all graduates will be in attendance.

The event is closed to the public, but each graduate participating in the ceremony could request four guest tickets.

The NTC campus grounds will be open to the public for self-guided tours and visits throughout May 7, but campus buildings remain closed to the public as part of ongoing COVID-19 mitigation efforts. No permits are required in college parking lots on Commencement day.

Online Streaming

Commencement will again be available through a live online video stream. The stream will be available at the start of each ceremony, Central time; viewers are encouraged to visit the stream in advance to ensure that necessary plug-ins are present and properly functioning.

Commencement Speakers

The Northwest Technical College class of 2021 will hear from a number of speakers both in-person and virtually including President Faith C. Hensrud, Vice President of Academic Affairs Darrin Strosahl and Jeanne Edevold Larson, executive director at Bemidji’s Northern Dental Access Center.

The ceremony will also feature an address by NTC’s Lorrie Prickett, a nursing and health science broad field graduate from Bemidji.

Tobacco-Free Campus

NTC’s visitors are reminded that the campus is tobacco-free. More information about the college’s tobacco-free policy is available online.


May 7 – 7 p.m. – Northwest Technical College Commencement ceremony. Location: Sanford Center, 1111 Event Center Drive NE, Bemidji. Closed to the public.




MN State logoNorthwest Technical College, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, has prepared students for fulfilling careers in high-demand fields for more than 50 years. The college’s accessible, affordable, hands-on programs also help the region’s employers meet their ever-growing need for a highly skilled workforce. NTC serves more than 1,000 students with an excellent education, an open-enrollment policy and affordable tuition. Students may pursue nearly 40 degree, diploma and certificate programs in six distinct career paths. Classes are offered on campus, online, or as a combination of both. NTC is a member of the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities. For more, visit