Fall graduation for United Tribes Technical College is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Dec. 15 in the James Henry Community Gymnasium on the campus in Bismarck.

The program is open to the public. A meal for graduates and guests will follow.

Guest speaker is Michelle Tincher, a family medicine doctor with Sanford Medical Center in Bismarck. She is dedicated to working with people with chronic diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension, and specializes in women’s health care services.

Like many who grow up in remote rural areas such as the Fort Belknap reservation in Montana, Tincher thought medical school was out of reach. So she started her career as a medical technician. It wasn’t until age 31 when she entered med school. She earned a degree with honors from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences and has been in practice for more than 20 years.

Prior to coming to Bismarck, Tincher served tribal communities through Indian Health Service facilities at Standing Rock in Fort Yates, and Fort Belknap.

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