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 Black Hills State University will recognize 229 candidates for graduation during its 166th commencement ceremony Saturday, Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center.
Black Hills State University will recognize 229 candidates for graduation during the University’s 166th commencement ceremony Saturday, Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center.


Degrees for the fall 2013 BHSU graduates include nine masters, 196 bachelors, and 24 associates.

The University will continue its tradition of leading the commencement processional with the University mace. A symbol of the University’s academic leadership, the mace will be carried by Steve Babbitt, professor of photography and the 2013 Distinguished Faculty Member. BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp will give the platform introductions followed by the charge to the graduates given by Chase Vogel, business administration-economics and finance major from Cheyenne, Wyo., and Student Senate president.  Randall Morris, Board of Regents member, will give a greeting from the Regents. Dr. Rodney Custer, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, will present the graduates; and Schallenkamp, assisted by April Meeker, registrar, will present the diplomas. Steve Meeker, vice president of University Advancement, will welcome the new graduates into the Alumni Association.

The National Anthem and musical selection will be performed by the BHSU Men’s Ensemble under the director of Dr. Jonathan Nero, associate professor of music. The ensemble will perform “Wanting Memories” by Ysaye M. Barnwell. Dr. Symeon Waseen, assistant professor of music, will lead both the processional and recessional.

The commencement ceremony will be broadcast live via the internet for those who are unable to attend. For more information or to view the Dec. 14 broadcast, visit www.BHSU.edu/ClassOf2013