Big Crow to give student address at UMN Morris commencement

Sue Dieter
An Indigenous woman with long black hair, wearing a red shirt, standing at a podium
KIanna Big Crow

Each year, faculty and graduating seniors at the University of Minnesota Morris select a student to receive the Curtis H. Larson Award. This award was established to honor UMN Morris’s first senior class speaker in 1964 and the recipient speaks on behalf of the graduates during the commencement ceremony.  

Kianna Big Crow ’24, Pine Ridge, South Dakota, is the 2024 Curtis H. Larson recipient. She is graduating with majors in Economics and Native American and Indigenous Studies. A member of the Oglala Lakota, Big Crow has been active with the Morris Campus Student Association, the Circle of Nations Indigenous Association, American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), Cougar NCAA DIII Athletics, Welcome Week for new students, TRIO SSS, and the McNair Scholars Program.

UMN Morris will celebrate the 2024 Commencement on Saturday, May 11 at 1:30 p.m. More than 210 students will receive their degrees. Complete details are available at