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Minot State University president Steven Shirley will present longtime Minot resident Milton Rolle with an honorary degree at the university’s opening ceremony in 2021.
The 106th Minot State launch exercise will be live with limited capacity starting at 10 a.m. on May 14. MSU will honor its 2021 and 2020 graduation classes at the ceremony, with the 2020 live event having been canceled due to COVID-19.
The university will award Rolle with an honorary bachelor’s degree in general studies.
“I had fabulous teachers at Minot State Teachers College, that’s what we called it, and I had a hell of a education,” says Rolle, from Brinsmade. “But I never really tried to get a degree. I took courses which I thought would benefit me in my life. I took every course I thought would be of benefit to me, from income tax and accounting to speaking and writing.
“So it’s a pleasant surprise that Dr Shirley told me about the honorary degree. I have been associated with Minot State since 1956 and no one had really talked about a degree, but I can tell you I have a good education.
Rolle has been involved in real estate and development activities for over 50 years and was a founding member of real estate firm Brokers 12. He and his wife, Bonnie, graduated from Minot State in 1971, are active in Minot for decades, supporting major events such as the North Dakota State Fair and Norsk Hostfest, as well as the defense of Minot Air Base.
“When I heard that the Air Force was going to build a base 12 miles north of here, I knew what an advantage it would be for Minot,” he said. “I did a thorough investigation and knew there was an opportunity there. The base has always been a huge advantage for Minot.
“The same with the North Dakota State Fair. There used to be several state fairs in different cities and Minot wanted to get the only real state fair. We worked to get this the same way Minot worked to get a college of teachers here or to get the (Dome) here. Minot always had to fight many battles.
“Milt has been a tireless advocate for Minot, the surrounding region and his home state of North Dakota for many decades, and we are very happy to recognize him this year with the rest of the MSU promotion. . “ Shirley said.
Rolle began his college career at Minot State after spending two years in the United States Army and serving in the Korean War. Rolle left MSU a few credits under a degree after establishing himself in the rental and real estate market.
“It was definitely a fun race with Minot State. When I started here, there was the one and only building, Main – I don’t think we called it ‘Old’ then either – and it was wonderful to watch it grow ”. Rolle said. “What amazed me was the quality of the instructors coming from a small community like me. I really enjoyed going to school here and enjoyed working with Minot State.
The Rolles regularly attend Minot State events held annually on campus and have supported many important diversity initiatives over the years. Rolle has served on many committees and boards, including as an active participant in the 2018 Memorial Event for MSU Students Who Died in WWI.
“Milt and his wife Bonnie have had a long and proud association with Minot State University for 65 years, and the granting of an honorary degree from Milt is one of the most righteous achievement he has definitely deserved.” Shirley said.