Black Hills State University President Kay Schallenkamp addressees the Class of 2012 during commencement last spring. The 165th BHSU commencement ceremony is Saturday, May 4, 2013, at 10 a.m. in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center.
More than 400 candidates will be recognized for graduation during Black Hills State University’s 165th commencement ceremony Saturday, May 4 at 10 a.m. in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center.

Candidates for the spring 2013 BHSU graduation include 45 master’s degree candidates, 362 bachelor’s candidates and 22 associate degree candidates.

The highest ranking graduates are Nicole DeJong, a science education major from Avon, and Candace Patmore, math education major from Colome.

The University will continue the tradition of leading the commencement processional with the University mace.  A symbol of the University’s academic leadership, the mace will be carried by Stephen Babbitt, the Distinguished Faculty member for 2013. The keynote speaker will be Dr. John Alsup, BHSU professor of math education who is the faculty senate president.

Terry Baloun, South Dakota Board of Regents member from Seneca, will give a greeting from the Regents. Dr. Rodney Custer, 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. Lori Caldwell, president of the BHSU Alumni Association, will welcome the new graduates into the Alumni Association.

The National Anthem and musical selection will be performed by the BHSU Chamber Singers under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Nero, assistant professor of music. Dr. Symeon Waseen, assistant professor of music and Christopher Hahn, instructor of music, will lead the recessional.

Immediately following the ceremony, the faculty, staff, 2013 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 be broadcast live via the internet for those who are unable to attend. For more information or to view the May 4 broadcast, visit www.BHSU.edu/Class2013.