INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) _ Tiny Sierra Nevada College received a graduation present from opera star Frederica von Stade at her stepdaughter's commencement.

The mezzo-soprano, whose stepdaughter was one of Saturday's 89 graduates, sang ``Simple Gifts'' by Aaron Copeland and ``I Shall Not Live in Vain,'' arranged by her composer friend Jake Heggie.

Ms. von Stade's stepdaughter, Jennifer ``Sam'' Gorman, graduated with honors.

``One of the nicest roles I've had in my career is being Sam Gorman's stepmother,'' she said, adding: ``Not stepmother _ bonus mother.''

Ms. von Stade was presented with an honorary doctor of fine arts degree from the college nestled between Diamond Peak Ski Resort and Lake Tahoe.