The 2013 class of graduates from Arizona State University represented 65 tribes throughout the United States and Canada. The 265 Native students were honored at an American Indian Convocation on May 10.
The keynote address on May 10 was delivered by Governor Gregory Mendoza, of the Gila River Indian Community. He encouraged students to take hold of the challenges and opportunities that lie before them, both individually and within their tribal governments.
All students received a traditional Pendleton stole as a commemorative gift to honor their success and some were honored with individual awards.
Candace Dawn French, Wichita/Navajo/Comanche/Blackfeet, received the Dukepoo Award, presented by the ASU Native American Alumni Chapter. French graduated with a master of arts degree in criminal justice.
The Eagle Spirit Award, presented by the Heard Museum, was given to Lei-Lani White, Navajo, who graduated with a doctor of nursing practice degree.
The university’s American Indian Studies program presented Madison Fulton, Navajo, with the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Dean’s Medal for being an outstanding undergraduate.