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BHSU will hold 158th Commencement next weekend

Black Hills State University will recognize over 150 candidates for graduation during the University’s 158th commencement ceremony Saturday, Dec. 19 at 10 a.m. in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center.

The ceremony will once again be broadcast live via the internet for those who are unable to attend. For more information or to log in to view the broadcast Dec. 19, see

This December the University will also continue the tradition of leading the commencement processional with the University mace. The mace, which was first introduced during the spring 2009 commencement, was commissioned during BHSU’s Quasquicentennial year. A symbol of the University’s academic leadership, the mace will be carried by Dr. Cheryl Anagnopoulous, the Distinguished Faculty Member for 2009.

The ceremony will include a charge to the graduates, presented by Leonard Jacobs, Student Senate president. Dr. Kathryn Johnson, vice president of the South Dakota Board of Regents, will give a greeting from the Regents. Dr. Dean Myers, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, will present the graduates; then, BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp, assisted by April Meeker, registrar, will present the diplomas. BHSU Alumni Association President Sandy Mattern will congratulate the new graduates and welcome them into the Alumni Association.

Musical selections will be performed by the Black Hills Singers, as directed by Dr. Jonathan Nero, assistant professor of music; Dr. Janeen Larsen, chairperson of the Department of Fine and Applied Arts, and Christopher Hahn, instructor of music.

Immediately following the ceremony, the faculty, staff, 2009 graduates, family and friends are welcome to gather in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center Field House for the President’s Reception.

Prior to commencement, an honors breakfast will be hosted in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room. Teresa Franzen, political science and history major from Black Hawk, will be honored as the highest ranking graduate. Honored guests will also include the Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, Summa Cum Laude, and University Honors Scholar graduates.

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