Black Hills State University will recognize over 400 candidates for graduation during the University’s 159th commencement ceremony Saturday, May 8 at 10 a.m. in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center.

Candidates for the spring 2010 BHSU graduation include 51 master’s degree candidates, seven bachelor of arts candidates, 16 associate degree candidates, 85 bachelors of science in education candidates, and 251 bachelor of science candidates.

The University will 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.
Anagnopoulous will also present the graduation message.

Ms. Melanie Jeppesen, student regent 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; and BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp, assisted by April Meeker, registrar, will present the diplomas. Steve Meeker, vice president for University Advancement, will welcome the new graduates into the Alumni Association.

Professors and administrators receiving emeritus include: Dr. Dean Myers, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs; Dr. Janeen Larsen, professor of music and chair, Department of Fine and Applied Arts; and Dr. Thomas Cox, professor of psychology.

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, 2010 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. Kayla Haines, biology major from Mitchell, will be honored as the highest ranking female graduate and James Herron, history major from Rapid City, as the highest ranking male graduate. Honored guests will also include the Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, Summa Cum Laude, and University Honors Scholar graduates.

The commencement 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 May 8, see www.BHSU.edu/Class2010.