BSC announces Kat Perkins as 2018 graduation speaker
Bismarck State College is excited to announce that nationally well-known recording artist Kat Perkins will be the guest speaker at the college’s 78thCommencement ceremonies on Friday, May 11, 2018 at 2 p.m. at the Bismarck Event Center.
Perkins grew up in Scranton, N.D., surrounded by a family of musicians and knew at a young age that she wanted a career as a performer. After several summers as a main act on the Medora Musical stage, Perkins followed her undeniable drive and passion for performing and moved to Minneapolis, Minn., to pursue music on a more professional scale.
Perkins quickly gained the attention of the Twin Cities music scene by taking stages in the several projects and bands she formed over the years. The most successful of these was her rock band, Scarlet Haze, which opened for Bon Jovi, and worked with some of the music industry's most well-known acts.
After a hiatus from performing due to vocal surgery, Perkins made a musical comeback in 2014 by auditioning and appearing on season 6 of NBC's The Voice. Perkins turned three chairs during her blind audition, charted in the top five on iTunes several times with her stand-out performances on the show, and sailed to the finals with help from her coach, Adam Levine.
Since The Voice, Perkins has gone on an average of two military tours per year to perform for the troops overseas, and sold out venues across America with a variety of themed performances and tours. She more recently began going into schools to encourage students to follow their dreams, live a Fearless life, and make a positive impact on the world. The praise Perkins received from these presentations led her to begin a nonprofit foundation, The Rising Star Foundation, providing scholarships and opportunity for aspiring musicians while also giving back to the local community.
Perkins promises to leave graduates with an inspiring message about finding their passion, taking leadership opportunities, working with others, developing a positive attitude and working towards their dreams.