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Perdue and Patterson named DSU’s 2016 Outstanding Graduates

Matthew Perdue and Shannon Patterson have been named the Dickinson State University's 2016 Outstanding Graduates at the Outstanding Graduate Luncheon held Friday in the Student Center Ballroom.

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Matthew Perdue

Matthew Perdue and Shannon Patterson have been named the Dickinson State University’s 2016 Outstanding Graduates at the Outstanding Graduate Luncheon held Friday in the Student Center Ballroom.

The Outstanding Graduate award is the highest honor bestowed on two graduating seniors by the university. Perdue and Patterson were nominated along with 15 other students by faculty in their academic departments for exceptional performance in their fields of study.

Matthew Perdue is a fifth-generation farmer from Ray and is receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science as well as a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education and a minor in Leadership Studies. He is graduating with a 3.956 GPA and has been named to the President’s List every semester of his undergraduate career. Perdue was named the first Truman Scholar in DSU history in 2015.

Shannon Patterson, of Santa Maria, Cali., is graduating in four years with a Bachelor of Science in psychology and a minor in leadership studies.Patterson has been active in the Theodore Roosevelt Honors Leadership Program, Psychology Club, Spanish Club and the History Society.

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Shannon Patterson

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