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Metropolitan State celebrates 103rd commencement

Approximately 1,302 students are receiving bachelor's and master's degrees with 889 students expected to participate in Metropolitan State University’s 103rd commencement exercise.

To accommodate Metropolitan State’s growing student body, the commencement ceremony will take place as two programs Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, at the Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave. S. The morning program will begin at 10 a.m., and the afternoon…

Minnesota State Board names Reimagining Minnesota State advisors and announces forum schedule

ST. PAUL, Minn., – The Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities has announced its Forum Advisory Group and its schedule for Phase 1 of Reimagining Minnesota StateReimagining Minnesota State is a strategic visioning process designed to rethink system operations and to position Minnesota State as an interdependent network of colleges and universities that is focused on the success…

Minnesota State drives $8 billion of state’s economy

SAINT PAUL, Minnesota, Nov. 13, 2018 – The 30 colleges and seven universities that comprise Minnesota State contributed over $8.0 billion to the state’s economy in FY2017, according to an economic contribution analysis released today by Minnesota State. The study further concludes that the economic activity of the system supported or sustained 67,717 jobs throughout the state.

“The colleges and…

Grants cover tuition costs for all spring 2018 Urban Education student teachers

May 10, 2018

Saint Paul, Minn.—Twenty-eight student teachers in the School of Urban Education (UED) at Metropolitan State University are currently placed in public schools in Saint Paul, Minneapolis and surrounding suburban areas for the spring 2018 semester.

For the first time, not a single student teacher from Metropolitan State paid tuition costs for their student teaching credits. UED Dean René Antrop-González proudly…

Metropolitan State University celebrates 102nd commencement

May 9, 2018


Saint Paul, Minn.— A classmate’s enthusiastic appeal to Metropolitan State University students to seize upon their success and to “make the best out of your struggles” brought the audience of 2,000 to its feet as student Kossi Ayigah addressed the graduating class.

“Many of you sitting here have a story to tell. Throughout our educational journey, we have all overcome many obstacles and life challenges,…

MN Cyber positions Metropolitan State University as premier regional training facility for cybersecurity professionals

May 11, 2018

Saint Paul, Minn.—There is current and upcoming need for IT professionals with the skills, certifications, and problem-solving abilities to meet cybersecurity industry growth in Minnesota and the nation. This shortage is expected to persist for years and presents a tremendous career opportunity for motivated individuals with the right skills and certifications. Increasing incidence of cyber-attacks demands highly-…

Media invited to forum on Understanding and Responding to Mass Incarceration, addressing Removing Barriers to Education

April 3, 2018

Saint Paul, Minn.—The fifth forum on Understanding and Responding to Mass Incarceration will feature discussions on providing and facilitating opportunities for education to those who are incarcerated or formerly incarcerated. This annual forum, hosted by Metropolitan State University, explores the phenomenon of mass incarceration, and provides opportunities for organizing, activism and advocacy with regards to the…

“When Home Won’t Let You Stay” refugee accounts featured in Metropolitan State Gordon Parks Gallery exhibit

April 5, 2018 

Saint Paul, Minn.— Photographic portraits are featured in “When Home Won’t Let You Stay,” a solo exhibition by Winona artist James A. Bowey presented at Metropolitan State University Gordon Parks Gallery.

In a penetrating exploration of America’s evolving attitudes toward refugees, documentary artist James A. Bowey traveled Minnesota to meet refugees, hear their stories and photograph their portraits. The…

Student Salon 2018 features undergraduate art at Gordon Parks Gallery

Feb. 26, 2018

Saint Paul, Minnesota—Metropolitan State University Gordon Parks Gallery presents Student Salon 2018, featuring multi-media works produced by Metropolitan State students, enrolled in undergraduate programs.

From functional ceramics to watercolor portraits, this exhibit surveys the diverse form and content explored in class and beyond. Visual artists include: Marcia Alexander, Minneapolis…

MN Cyber Range, premier regional training facility for cybersecurity professionals, opens

The opening of the MN Cyber Range, the first of its kind in Minnesota, represents a unique opportunity for the state's businesses, government agencies, and National Guard to partner with Metropolitan State University to address unprecedented cybersecurity workforce and training demands.

 The U.S. cybersecurity workforce shortage is expected to reach 1.5 million unfilled positions by 2019; an industry survey in February put…