May 4, 2013 7:52 PM by David Jay
BILLINGS - Rocky Mountain College students from all over Montana, out of state and out of the country from Mongolia, England, Sweden, Scotland and Canada, graduated Saturday afternoon.
Nearly 220 walk into the gym for the 131st commencement at Rocky Mountain College.
The graduates received some wisdom from the commencement speaker, an astronaut on a 1985 space shuttle mission, Dr. Loren Acton, who talked about how to handle news of joblessness and economic collapse.
"Just remember what you're reading about is some global average of what's going on," Acton said. "What happens in your particular life is depends on what you particularly do. In fact I have this simple rule that if you'll follow it, you're going to have a great life. It's the same rule I give the first graders. All you got to do is do smart stuff instead of dumb stuff. There you go."
Johnathan Diem from Cascade, Idaho and Anudari Batjargal from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia each received a President's Cup award, Rocky's highest student honor.
Carl Hansen received an honorary doctorate.
Hansen is a graduate of Rocky, serves on the school's board of trustees and is a vice president and financial consultant for D.A. Davidson