| More than 420 candidates will be recognized for graduation during Black Hills State University’s 167th commencement ceremony Saturday, May 10 at 10 a.m. in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center.
More than 420 candidates will be recognized for graduation during Black Hills State University’s 167th commencement ceremony Saturday, May 10 at 10 a.m. in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center.
Candidates for the spring 2014 BHSU graduation include 71 master’s degree candidates, 329 bachelor’s candidates and 27 associate degree candidates.
The University will continue the tradition of leading the commencement processional with the University mace. A symbol of the University’s academic leadership, the mace will be carried by Stephen Babbitt, the Distinguished Faculty member for 2013. Babbitt, a longtime professor of photography, will also be this year’s keynote speaker.
Jace DeCory, assistant professor of history and American Indian Studies, and Dr. Robert Schurrer, professor of exercise science, will also be recognized as the 2014 Distinguished Faculty award recipients. The award is presented each spring to encourage and reward outstanding teaching and professional dedication by faculty members.
Bob Sutton, South Dakota Board of Regents member from Pierre, will give a greeting from the Regents. Dr. Rodney Custer, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, will present the graduates; and BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp, assisted by April Meeker, registrar, will present the diplomas. Lori Caldwell, president of the BHSU Alumni Association, will welcome the new graduates into the Alumni Association.
The National Anthem and musical selection will be performed by the BHSU Chamber Singers under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Nero, associate professor of music. Dr. Symeon Waseen, assistant professor of music, and Dr. Christopher Hahn, instructor of music, will lead both the processional and the recessional.
Immediately following the ceremony, faculty, staff, 2014 graduates, family and friends are welcome to gather in the Young Center Field House for the President’s Reception.
The commencement ceremony will be broadcast live via the internet for those who are unable to attend. For more information or to view the May 10 broadcast, visit www.BHSU.edu/Class2014.