April 27, 2016, 5:00 p.m. CDT
Contact Jason Hogue, Peru State College Marketing and Communications, 402.872.2429

Peru, Nebraska- Peru State College will hold its annual commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 7 in the Al Wheeler Activity Center. Approximately 430 students will earn diplomas this spring.

Criminal Justice professor Dr. Kelly Asmussen has been named the institution’s 2016 Teaching Excellence Award winner. He will be honored at the ceremony.

Attendees are invited to a catered reception on the Campus Quad immediately following graduation. The Hoyt Street Jazz Ensemble will provide entertainment. In the event of rain, the reception will be held in the Student Center.

Shuttle service from campus parking lots will be available. Live streaming of the ceremony will be available at For details about parking and other logistics, please visit

A dedication ceremony for the Park Avenue and Campus Entrance Donors will be held at 1 p.m. near the Little Red Schoolhouse and T.J. Majors. The public is invited to attend.

The Park Avenue project, which began in May of 2015, included widening of the street and sidewalks from Casey’s to the campus entrance, improved lighting and drainage, new parking, landscaping and a circle drive/drop-off zone.

The project was a public/private partnership funded by generous private donations, Peru State College, the Peru State College Foundation, the City of Peru, a Community Development Block Grant obtained by the City of Peru and in-kind contributions from Nemaha County.

In recognition of significant contributions and support for the project from the Farmers Bank of Cook and the Vandeberg Family Foundation, the campus entrance plaza will be named Douglas Entrance Plaza in honor of Joyce and Judson Douglas, and the walkway area will be named the Rodney P. Vandeberg Memorial Walkway in honor of Rodney Vandeberg.



For more information, visit or call 1-800-742-4412.

About Peru State College: Nestled in the historic hills of the Missouri River, the “Campus of a Thousand Oaks" is Nebraska’s oldest college and will celebrate its sesquicentennial anniversary in 2017. Peru State College’s constant commitment to academic excellence has resulted in a unique and innovative mix of online, traditional, undergraduate and graduate programs. Similarly, the college's ongoing student engagement promotes inquiry, discovery and innovation on-campus and across the region. Peru State College is committed to being a good steward of education, students, the region and Nebraska for another 150 years.