Graduates from the Class of 1961 gathered during the spring commencement ceremony and were inducted into the 50-Year-Club during a banquet hosted by the BHSU Alumni Association. All BHSU alumni who graduated prior to 1961 were invited.
50-Year Club members in attendance were: front row, left to right, Linda (Novotney) Hughes, Class of '61, Spearfish; Darlene (Gray) Kutzler, Class of '61, Huron; Carole Fitzgerald, Class of '61, Albany, Calif.; JoAnn (Hanson) Durgin, Class of '60, Spearfish; Mary Ann (Stephenson) Erickson, Class of '54, Spearfish; and Beverly (Olsen) Carr, Class of '55, Spearfish. Second row, left to right, Maurine (Brengle) Fowler, Class of '61, Belle Fourche; Steve Gomez, Class of '55, Pierre; Charles M. Schad, Class of '56 and ‘60, Spearfish; Clifford Kenoyer, Class of '56, Piedmont; Phyllis (Krause) Eastman, Class of '58, Spearfish; Diana (Babb) Glover, Class of '61, Rapid City; and Marguerite (Mickelson) Kleven, Class of '54, Sturgis. Third row, left to right, Delbert Blume, Class of '61, Buffalo; Terry Egge, Class of '61, Rapid City; Keith Shostrom, Class of '57, Deadwood; Ernest "Butch" Parkinson, Class of '61,Irene; Otis Eastman, Class of '58, Spearfish; Roger G. Bell, Class of '61, Spearfish; and Melvin Harter, Class of '61, Witten.