Devin Lynn, a mass communications and history major from Powell, Wyo., has spent his years at Black Hills State University making a difference locally, regionally, nationally, and around the world.


Black Hills State University student Devin Lynn, third from the left, doing community service with other students during last year's Clinton Global Initiative conference in Washington, D.C.

Since enrolling at Black Hills State University, Devin Lynn has done everything he could to make a difference not only on campus but locally, regionally, nationally and around the world. 

On Saturday, Lynn, a mass communications and history major from Powell, Wyo., will graduate and take that passion to a new level. The 165th BHSU Commencement Ceremony is at 10 a.m. in the Donald E. Young Sport and Fitness Center.  Lynn is currently deciding on graduate schools but plans to focus his studies on international relations. After graduate school, Lynn hopes to work abroad possibly for a nonprofit organization.

“I think that BHSU did a lot to prepare me for my future,” he said. “The challenges and successes I faced in the past three years have helped me decide what I am passionate about. I figured out where I want to go and what to spend my time working on.”

Since his first week of classes three years ago, Lynn has been active in several campus activities and organizations. He has been a part of the award-winning Jacket Journal student newspaper holding positions from fact checker to editor-in-chief.

He also was involved with the student organization Swarm Advertising Solutions, which was recognized by the South Dakota Board of Regents with an Award for Academic Excellence.   Lynn assisted with the University’s on the experiential learning initiative for the Higher Learning Commission.  

Last spring, he was accepted to the Clinton Global Initiative University and traveled to Washington, D.C. for the annual conference. Lynn was invited to the conference again this year, and he was also asked to speak about his project which uses social media to connect students and entrepreneurs in Uganda with BHSU students and faculty. His project has raised nearly $1,500 in scholarships for K-12 students in the African republic. “I have had countless opportunities for out-of-the-box thinking at BHSU that have helped me to have a successful Clinton Global Initiative project and successfully be accepted into multiple graduate programs,” he said.

Wherever he goes and whatever he decides to focus on in the future, this BHSU graduate will certainly continue to make an impact on the world.