Doyon Foundation celebrated the achievements of the class of 2013 at a graduate reception held May 10 at the Doyon, Limited Chiefs Court in Fairbanks. More than 50 Foundation students from across Alaska and the lower 48 are graduating this spring with high school diplomas, certificates, associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees. View photos of the reception on Facebook.


In addition to students, supporters, and Foundation and Doyon, Limited staff and board members, special guests included Reps. John Coghill and Doug Isaacson, University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Chancellor Brian Rogers, Special Assistant to Don Young Rhonda Boyles, Fairbanks Native Association President Steve Ginnis, and University of Alaska Vice Chancellor Mike Sfraga.

The reception began with a welcome by Doris Miller, Foundation executive director, and Lanien Livingston, Foundation board president, who shared about the power of a scholarship, thanked Foundation donors, and introduced Malinda Chase, the director of the Foundation’s new language revitalization program.

Doyon, Limited board member Miranda Wright introduced honorary guest Sen. John Sackett, who is the recipient of an honorary doctorate of law from UAF.

“We must educate ourselves, our children and our grandchildren to learn everything there is to know about things that affect us,” Sen. Sackett said during his address.

The Downriver Singers and Dancers from Kaltag, Nulato, Koyukuk and Galena performed for the audience before 2013 graduate Stephanie Ashcraft took the stage for the graduate address.

Three outgoing Foundation board members were then honored and presented with framed resolutions. The Foundation thanks Wesley Roberts Dalton, Lorraine David and Shane Derendoff for their valuable service on the board.

The highlight of the reception was the introduction of the graduates present at the event. Students shared their name, where they are from, their school and degree, and their future plans with the audience. The graduates were also presented with jump drives loaded with scholarship and career information.

The class of 2013 will be featured in a special edition of the Foundation’s e-newsletter, which will be distributed later this spring. Interested recipients can sign up to receive the e-newsletter on the Foundation’s website, Graduates who wish to be included should contact the Foundation at 907.459.2048 or