Northwest College to Hold Commencement on Saturday, May 14

Northwest College to Hold Commencement on Saturday, May 14

Written by on May 5, 2022

Northwest College is set to hold a commencement ceremony next Saturday, May 14th, 2022. The guest speakers this year include Dr. Robert Rumbolz (2022 Distinguished Faculty award winner), Ms. Sarah Anderson (2022 Distinguished Alumna), and Ms. Autumn Roundy (Student).

Folks who wish to attend virtually have the option to stream via the NWC Facebook Page, YouTube, and Twitter, or people can watch directly on the college website at

The Distinguished Speakers

Dr. Robert Rumbolz has been a member of NWC faculty since 2000 where he serves as Associate Professor of Music and Director of the Music Technology program. Dr. Rumbolz earned his B.A. in Music from Macalester College in 1982, his M.A. from the University of Minnesota in 1989, and his PhD in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University in 2000. Through his stewardship, the Music Technology program has seen “significant growth,” the college announced in a press release for the event.

Further, Dr. Rumbolz also helped “oversee the design and construction” of the NWC recording studio. The success of this studio has established NWC’s music program as one of the region’s preeminent programs.

Ms. Sarah Anderson graduated from Northwest College back in 1989 where she earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education from Black Hills State University. Anderson continued her education eventually earning a master’s degree in teaching and   instruction.

After teaching in Worland and Ten Sleep for a number of years, she created a company that provides an “electronic forms system” to run on the Sales Force platform. The program has been used by school districts to assist with writing educational programs for disabled students. Anderson serves on the Washakie County School Board while also training special educators and administrators.

Autumn Roundy was raised in Aztec, New Mexico as the “second oldest of five children, with four brothers.” During high school, she played soccer, ran cross country, and participated in track and field. Further, she served on the student council while maintaining membership in the National Honor Society.

In 2021, she had the opportunity to move to Powell and in the fall she finished her associate degree. Roundy’s time at Northwest College includes membership and participation in women’s soccer and student senate. Additionally, she worked for a local bakery doing cake decoration. She will graduate with an associate degree in general studies, and she plans to continue her education at the University of University of Hawai’i at Manoa where she hopes to study marine biology.


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