Black Hills State University will recognize over 400 candidates for graduation during the University’s 161st commencement ceremony Saturday, May 7 at 10 a.m. in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center.

Candidates for the spring 2011 BHSU graduation include 45 master’s degree candidates, five bachelor of arts candidates, , one bachelor of applied technical studies candidate, 11 bachelors of general studies candidates, 96 bachelors of science in education candidates, and 239 bachelor of science candidates, and 13 associate degree 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. David Wolff, the Distinguished Faculty Member for 2010.
Wolff will also present the graduation message.

Dr. Kathryn Johnson, president of the South Dakota Board of Regents, will give a greeting from the Regents. Dr. Kristi Pearce, interim 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. Bill Collins, president of the BHSU Alumni Association, will welcome the new graduates into the Alumni Association.

Retiring professor, Dr. Roger Miller Associate Professor of Geography, will be honored during the ceremony.
Musical selections will be performed by the Black Hills Singers, as directed by Dr. Jonathan Nero, assistant professor of music; Dr. Symeon Waseen assistant professor of music; and Christopher Hahn, instructor of music.
Immediately following the ceremony, the faculty, staff, 2011 graduates, family and friends are welcome to gather in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center Field House for the President’s Reception.

The commencement ceremony will once again be broadcast live via the internet for those who are unable to attend. For more information or to view the broadcast May 7, visit www.BHSU.edu/Class2011.