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News Release
SaraBeth Donovan named grand marshal of Peru State’s 93rd Annual Homecoming Parade
Parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 in downtown Peru



SaraBeth Donovan
SaraBeth Donovan


(Peru, Neb.) The Peru State College Student Senate today announced their selection of SaraBeth Donovan as grand marshal of the college’s 93rd Annual Homecoming Parade.

Donovan, a Lincoln native and 1985 Peru State graduate, is an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. She also serves as chair of the Peru State College Foundation Board of Directors.

Student Senate President Ellen Larsen, a senior K-12 special education major from Lincoln, said, “Through her fun, positive personality, Sara Beth Donovan has made a lasting impression on the Peru State student body. She is a great example of what one can accomplish with a degree from Peru State. We are excited to honor Sara Beth’s commitment to the college and student success by having her serve as our parade grand marshal.”

President Dan Hanson said, “SaraBeth Donovan is an accomplished, dedicated alumna who provides key leadership and advice to Peru State and the Peru State Foundation. She’s played a pivotal role with the Foundation and continues to advocate for more support for scholarships and educational programs. We are fortunate to have her involved with the college.”

Donovan said, “I am extremely honored to be asked to serve as grand marshal this year. President Hanson is providing tremendous leadership for Peru State and examples of great progress abound -- from the largest freshman class in history, to engaged students and faculty, to a new Oak Bowl stadium! I am especially proud of the support the Peru State Foundation is providing to the college and our students.”

Donovan graduated with distinction from Peru State with a bachelor’s degree in education, majoring in mathematics and obtaining a coaching endorsement. She taught math and computer science at Omaha South High School, where she also coached girls volleyball and basketball, and at Samuel Gompers Secondary School in San Diego, Calif.

After earning a law degree from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln in 1992, Donovan was a trial attorney for the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division in the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. and an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Nebraska in Omaha. 

From 2001 to 2005, Donovan took a break from the legal profession, developing and implementing a planned giving program for the Peru State College Foundation. In 2006, Donovan returned to the Voting Section in Washington, D.C., becoming a deputy chief in 2009. 

Donovan has served on the Peru State College Foundation’s Board of Directors since 2008 and has been chair of the board since 2010. 

For more information on the parade or any of Peru State’s Homecoming events, contact Student Activities Coordinator Chelsea Allgood at 402-872-2252 or or Student Senate at 402-872-2329 or