Morningside College to present three honorary degrees at May 9 commencement

Apr 14, 2015
Dehne Kiesey Nylen

Morningside College will present three honorary degrees in addition to more than 300 graduate and undergraduate degrees at its 117th spring commencement exercises on Saturday, May 9, at 2 p.m. on the campus lawn in front of the Hickman-Johnson-Furrow Learning Center.

Morningside will award honorary degrees to George Dehne, president and CEO of GDA Integrated Services in Old Saybrook, Conn.; Bishop Deborah Lieder Kiesey, United Methodist Church bishop of the Michigan Area in Lansing, Mich.; and Mark Nylen, president and CEO of Hepar BioScience LLC in Jefferson, S.D. Bishop Kiesey also will be the featured speaker at the commencement ceremony.

Baccalaureate service will be held Friday, May 8, at 5 p.m. in Grace United Methodist Church, 1735 Morningside Avenue. The Rev. Timothy D. Bonney, senior pastor at Grace United Methodist Church, will deliver the baccalaureate sermon.

Baccalaureate and commencement ceremonies are open to the public.

Dehne is receiving an honorary degree in recognition of his career in higher education as an admissions, financial aid and public relations consultant to some of the nation’s leading colleges and universities, including Morningside.

Bishop Kiesey, a 1973 Morningside graduate and former member of the college’s board of directors, is receiving an honorary degree in recognition of her and her family’s long association with and service to Morningside.

Nylen is receiving an honorary degree to recognize his philanthropic endeavors that have supported numerous Sioux City area organizations and programs, including Morningside.