Local students receive degrees Bachelor of arts degrees were awarded to over 350 seniors during the 45th Commencement ceremony at the University of Minnesota, Morris. The following students from Vermillion earned degrees: Whitney Lawrence and David Yutrzenka. The University of Minnesota, Morris is recognized as one of the best public liberal arts colleges in the nation because of its instructional excellence, its commitment to research, its numerous extracurricular programs and services and its strong sense of community. As one of five campuses of the University of Minnesota, the University of Minnesota, Morris offers the best of both in the world of higher education â�?�? a small, close-knit campus complemented by the power of a world-renowned research University system.