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Class of 1963 honored during BHSU commencement ceremony

Nine former Black Hills State University students returned to campus earlier this month for their 50-year class reunion and to celebrate induction into the University’s 50-Year Club.

Each year, classmates from the 50-year class return to campus to celebrate the anniversary of their graduation. Members of the prior graduation classes are also invited to attend a banquet hosted by the Alumni Association in honor of the 50-year class.

The former classmates were also recognized during the 165th BHSU Commencement ceremony.

The BHSU Alumni Association has been hosting the celebration for more than a decade.

In the first photo, graduates from the Class of 1963 gathered at the 2013 Black Hills State University graduation ceremony and were inducted into the 50-Year Club during a banquet hosted by the BHSU Alumni Association.  All BHSU alumni who graduated 50 years ago or more were invited to attend.  Fifty-year Club members in attendance were (standing left to right): Michael Larson, Class of ’63, Deadwood; Jean (Carlson) Sophusson, Class of ’63, Sun City West, Ariz.; James Dzierwa, Class of ’63, Falls Church, Va.; Judy (Mick) Ista, Class of ’63, Hulett, Wyo.; Delbert Harbaugh, Class of ’57, Rapid City; Everett Follette, Class of ’55, Spearfish; David Jerde, Class of ’63, Cheyenne, Wyo.; William H. Young, Class of ’63, Custer; Keith Campbell, Class of ’60, Mesa, Ariz.; Tom Hills, Class of ’62, Spearfish; Roger Bell, Class of ’61, Spearfish; Delbert Blume, Class of ’61, Buffalo; Keith Shostrom, Class of ’57, Spearfish; Vern Backens, Class of ’57, Spearfish; Mildred (Johnson) Cundy, Class of ’62, Spearfish; Larry Patterson, Class of ’63, Sundance, Wyo.; Karen (Kovarik) Patterson, Class of ’62, Sundance, Wyo.; Carlene (Maus) Rosencranz, Class of ’62, Spearfish; Bob Travis, Class of ’57, Pierre; (seated left to right): Mary Ann (Stephenson) Erickson, Class of ’54, Spearfish; Sonya (Bell) Albers, Class of ’56, Spearfish; Beverly (Olsen) Carr, Class of ’55, Spearfish; Dave Kirkpatrick, Class of ’58, Livingston, Mont.; Marguerite (Mickelson) Kleven, Class of ’54, Sturgis; Zola (Kelly) Crago, Class of ’63, Spearfish; and Dawn (Kelly) Brandeberry, Class of ’62, Sioux Falls.  Not pictured, Carol (Harvey) Backens, Class of ’50, Spearfish.

Representatives of the Black Hills State University Class of 1963 were recognized during graduation ceremonies at BHSU.  Pictured left to right: James Dzierwa, Falls Church, Virginia; Zola (Kelly) Crago, Spearfish; Michael Larson, Deadwood; Eldene (Hieb) Henderson, Rapid City; William H. Young; Custer; Judy (Mick) Ista, Hulett, Wyo.; David Jerde, Cheyenne, Wyo.; Jean (Carlson) Sophusson, Sun City West, Ariz.; and Larry Paterson, Sundance, Wyo.



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