More than 350 Black Hills State University graduates will be honored in the 157th commencement ceremony this Saturday, May 9 at 10 a.m. in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center.

For the first time individuals who cannot attend the commencement ceremony will be able to view it live online for free; visit www.BHSU.edu/Class2009.

The University will also begin a new tradition with the introduction of the University’s ceremonial Mace at the commencement ceremony. The mace was commissioned during BHSU’s Quasquicentennial year.

Candidates for the spring 2009 BHSU graduation include 74 master’s degree candidates, five bachelor of arts candidates, one bachelor of applied technical science, 12 associate degree candidates, 59 bachelors of science in education candidates, and 243 bachelor of science candidates.

A reception for all graduates will be held in the Young Center field house following the ceremony.