High school student finally gets diploma after 65 years
For 65 years, Nile Kriesel regretted missing his Stillwater Area High School graduation.
Now the 82-year-old can finally call himself a graduate after donning a cap and gown and receiving his honorary diploma this week at the School Board meeting.
Back in 1958 Kriesel was one credit shy of graduating. After high school he joined the Navy, went on to get his GED and earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Wisconsin in River Falls.
He spent five years working as an auditor for the state of Minnesota before taking the job as Stillwater’s finance officer and city administrator for 23 years. He also served as Washington County commissioner.
Based on his life achievements, Superintendent Mike Funk said Kriesel met the graduation requirements and finally gave him his diploma.
Funk said, Kriesel was an example “for all of our students who may fall a little short initially, but can go on and make a difference in the world.”
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As the district looks to improve for the future, the school board is considering a change to the high school schedule.
The Class of 2023 will be graduating on Saturday, June 10.
He is one of 8 high school principals from across the state to be recognized with this honor.
In accordance, Stillwater Area Public Schools will not hold any summer classes, activities, or Community Education programs on Monday, June 19.
The seniors were presented with a special eagle feather or a medicine bag to recognize their educational achievements.
The Facilities Planning Team is recommending the school board hold a bond referendum this fall to replace two elementary schools, add on to Oak-Land Middle and make security improvements across the district.
After many years of learning within kid-sized classrooms and using kid-sized facilities, young adults in the district’s Bridge Transition 18 to 21-year-old program have their own space within the Oak Park Building.
If your student needs bus service to the high school next year you must register for transportation