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Joan Anderson Growe, Minnesota secretary of state, delivered the 1998 spring commencement address to graduating seniors at the College of Saint Benedict on Saturday, May 23, at 2 p.m., in the CSB Clemens Field House in the Haehn Campus Center.

Growe was Minnesota's first woman constitutional officer to be elected in her own right in 1974. In 1984, she was the Democratic nominee for the United States Senate. Growe has assembled a coalition of public and private sector organizations and businesses to conduct a successful Get-Out-The-Vote drive in every general election.

Growe served as an expert observer in elections in Romania in 1990 and 1992. She was selected by the United Nations to be an official observer of the 1994 South African election.

She is a recipient of the Woman Who Makes a Difference Award from the International Women's Forum, 1991; the Pathfinder Award for Innovative Solutions, Center for Policy Alternatives, 1996 and the Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award, Women Executives in State Government, 1998.

Stacey Hey of Manning, Iowa, an English major, will give the senior statement titled "The Bus Stop."

W. Clark Hendley, Ph. D., provost for academic affairs, will present the graduation candidates, and Mary E. Lyons, Ph. D., president of CSB, will confer degrees at the ceremony.

Therese Sinner of Sauk Rapids, president of the CSB alumnae council, will welcome candidates to the alumnae association.