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Nearly 200 graduates were awarded diplomas at the 156th commencement ceremony at Black Hills State University on Dec. 13, 2008. Commencement was an exciting time and the graduates were looking forward to their futures. A few of the BHSU graduates shared their plans with us.

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Graduates future plans:

Adam RoosaAdam Roosa, mass communication/ photography graduate, recently learned that he was selected to be an assistant to the production manager at London’s prestigious Proud Gallery. Roosa will complete his internship in mid-August and then plans to tour Britain and France. This fall, Adam will attend graduate school and pursue a master of fine arts in photography at either the Art Institute Of Chicago or the University College for the Creative Arts in London. Proud Gallery deals exclusively with photography and is one of Britain’s largest photography galleries. Proud Gallery is located in the heart of London near Trafalgar Square. 

Mark Braun, education major, one of nearly 60 graduates who are earning teaching degrees, is excited to announce that he recently landed his “dream job.” He is going “home” to Gregory to teach kindergarten. Mark was praised for his interviewing skills and his ability to discuss educational issues during the interview. 

Joanna Vandever from Spearfish has been accepted into the Ph.D. program in the Institute for Behavioral Genetics (Psychology Dept) at the University of Colorado. Vandever, an exceptional student who has been involved in research at BHSU, has been accepted to NCUR twice, attended the APA summer science institute, was selected for the University of Minnesota's summer undergraduate program and was a member of the honors program at BHSU.

Beshka Ringstad, BHSU’s nominee for the Jack Kent Cook Foundation scholarship, has received several offers for full rides for graduate school in sociology. She graduated from BHSU Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in sociology and human services and has been accepted to the University of Arizona’s graduate program in sociology, where she will study political sociology, stratification, and World Systems Theory. As a graduate assistant she will receive a diversity fellowship and her tuition will be waived. “I am indebted to the faculty at BHSU who have given me the knowledge, encouragement, and support I needed to succeed in my undergraduate studies and get into graduate school,” Ringstad says.

Christina Larsen, Natalie Olsen, and Sid Colglazier will be accepting employment with PROSports Club in Seattle, an elite sports club for a large Seattle fitness company. 

Amanda Bakley, a speech communications major, has not only been accepted to graduate study next fall at University of Minnesota at Mankato, she is also receiving an assistantship to teach there as well.

Scott Schaefer, mass communications graduate, combined his love of the outdoors with his love of photography to achieve his goal to work as a photographer and white water rafting guide near Denali National Park in Alaska. 

Buddi Clement, human resources major and president of the BHSU student human resource association, will be working for Peabody Energy at their Powder River Coal Mine. 

Ian VytlacilIan Vytlacil, award winning theatre student, has secured a job with the Missoula Children’s Theatre.