Jordan Moss began fishing when he was 2 years old.
"I'm a very passionate outdoorsman," the Bemidji State University senior said.
It was partly this passion that lured him to BSU in the fall of 2005.
This week, Moss will graduate from BSU with a Bachelor of Science degree in aquatic biology with a fisheries biology emphasis. He also will graduate with a coaching minor with an emphasis in basketball.
The 90th commencement will begin at 2 p.m. Friday in BSU's John Glas Fieldhouse. The traditional commencement walk from the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex across campus to the Gillett Recreation-Fitness Center will begin at 1:25 p.m.
Moss, who is originally from Aitkin, Minn., said fishing and hunting are a big part of his life.
"I bring my boat up here," he said, noting that he also hunts on family land near Clearbrook.
An avid muskie angler, Moss said he has taken many fishing trips in the Bemidji area. While at BSU, he also has had a tradition of fishing the early-season walleye run on Rainy River with a group of buddies.
When he first arrived at BSU, Moss was interested in both becoming a teacher and studying aquatic biology. Wanting to learn more about aquatic environments, Moss decided to major in aquatic biology.
Moss said part of the draw to attend BSU were its programs and Lake Bemidji, which borders the campus. He said he also liked that Bemidji is smaller than some other university towns, and he was familiar with it, having played basketball tournaments here.
"It was a pretty easy choice for me," Moss said.
While a student at BSU, he has been involved with the community on and off campus.
As a student worker, Moss has worked as the lead manager of BSU's Hobson Memorial Union for the last two years. Also, nearly two years ago, he helped start a Ducks Unlimited chapter for college students in Bemidji.
Off campus, Moss has been a basketball coach with Bemidji Community Education.
As graduation nears, Moss is once again considering becoming a teacher.
"I love working with kids," he said.
At this time, he plans to return to BSU in the fall to study to become a biology teacher.
He also plans to apply for graduate school to study fisheries or aquatic biology.