University Relations and Communications


May 4, 2017

 Seth on a hike

Seth Robertus, pictured, is this year’s MSUB Golden Merit Award Recipient.

MSUB announces 2017 Outstanding Graduates

Graduates honored during convocation ceremonies, commencement takes place at 10 a.m., Saturday at Metra Park



University Relations, 657-2266


MSU BILLINGS NEWS SERVICES — With commencement just days away, the 2017 class of Montana State University Billings is looking forward to the formal celebrations that come before.


Seth Robertus is among this year’s group of Outstanding Undergraduates. He is also MSUB’s Golden Merit Award recipient. He will receive these awards during the Allied Health Professions Convocation at 8:30 a.m., Friday, in Petro Hall.


Since childhood, Robertus has been fascinated with adventure, risk, and the great outdoors.


When he turned four-years-old, a surfboard and para-glider were his preferred gifts, so it came as no surprise to his family that his major at MSUB was Outdoor Adventure Leadership (OAL).


The Joliet native will graduate next week with a major in OAL and a minor in Music.


Since joining the University family in 2013, Robertus has shown the faculty within the Department of Health and Human Performance his abilities in the hard skills of outdoors activities as well as a strong understanding of the soft skills of leadership, professionalism, decision-making and risk management.


For these outstanding efforts, in addition to excelling in the classroom, and for staying active with music, community service and many athletic and outdoor activities that Robertus is being honored. 


His nominator said, “The Outdoor Adventure Leadership profession can challenge individuals both physically and mentally, which requires strong leadership, reliable communication, excellent judgement, and proficient problem solving. Seth has been a valuable asset from start to finish, demonstrating a competency in leadership style ranging from laissez faire to autocratic.”


Robertus has worked for Recreation Activities for the past three years, developing and supporting the recreation climbing wall program and volunteering with programs like Girls-n-Science.


His Outdoor Adventure Leadership activities have led to experiences with Refresh the Rims and rappelling workshops for Skyview High School.


Robertus has also served as a counselor/trip coordinator for Camp Bethel and worked with the Eagle Mount Swim Program.


He also loves music and plays the trumpet. Robertus has performed with the Billings Symphony, MSUB trumpet ensembles, jazz band, MSUB Pep Band and enjoys playing guitar.


“Performing at the college level has been a fantastic experience,” Robertus said. “From formal lessons to concerts to special occasions, including a stage performance with world class musician Wayne Bergeron, my skills have significantly improved and my desire to serve others through music has increased.”


He also enjoys fly-fishing and has a passion for rock climbing.


After graduation, Robertus plans to pursue a degree in nursing.


“After participating in a Wilderness Medicine course, I’ve decided to recalibrate my route. I intend to pursue a degree in nursing to further my skills to help people in a different capacity,” he said. “So for me, life is a climb, but the view is great!”


For a complete list of this year’s Outstanding Undergraduates, including the 2017 Nels Christiansen Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year, click here.


MSU Billings 2017 Spring Convocations

May 4, 2017


6:00 pm - City College

HSCT Great Room - Reception to follow

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 May 5, 2017 Petro Theatre

Reception to follow each convocation in Rimrock Café


 8:30 am - Allied Health Professions

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 11:00 am - College of Business

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 1:00 pm - Arts & Sciences

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 4:00 pm - College of Education

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