VandeWalle to receive Honorary Degree from UND

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The University of North Dakota will be awarding honorary degrees to North Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle and Farm Rescue President and founder Bill Gross at the graduation commencement ceremony this month.

VandeWalle has served as chief justice since 1993 and received both a bachelor's degree and a juris doctor degree magna cum laude from UND. Gross is also a UND alumnus and founded a nationwide nonprofit to help farmers in need.

More than 2,500 students are also eligible to graduate in total at the 1:30 p.m. ceremony May 16 in the Alerus Center, according to a news release.

For general commencement there are 1,451 eligible undergraduate students and 485 graduate students. In addition, there are 59 law and 55 medical students eligible to graduate and they will hold separate ceremonies.