Thursday 7 May 2020

Retired Kansas farmer who sent N95 mask to New York receives bachelor's degree from K-State

A retired Kansas farmer who sent a letter to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo along with an N95 mask to give to a nurse or doctor in New York is getting a special recognition.

On Tuesday, Denns Ruhnke, of Troy, Kan., received his bachelor's degree from Kansas State University.

A photo of Ruhnke, Governor Laura Kelly and Kansas State University President Richard Myers was posted on the governor's Facebook page along with a touching story.

In 1971, Ruhnke was two credits away from earning his degree in agriculture when his father passed away. He chose  to leave school to take care of his mother and the family farm.

“After speaking with President Myers, we both agreed that Dennis perfectly encapsulates K-State’s democratic mandate to be of service to people,” Governor Kelly said. “Which is why I am very honored that I was able to help present Dennis with his well-deserved bachelor’s degree in agriculture.”

Gov. Kelly and President Myers were both present to Tuesday to confer that degree upon Ruhnke.

“Along with his fantastic demonstration of kindness and generosity, Mr. Ruhnke’s academic work at K-State in his chosen field

of agriculture qualifies him to receive his degree,” President Richard Myers said. "Kansas State University is proud to officially recognize Mr. Ruhnke as an alumus and valued member of the Wildcat family."

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