Nearly 180 students will graduate during BHSU fall commencement Dec. 8

Author: BHSU Communications/Monday, December 3, 2018/Categories: Events, Students, Students in the News, Academic Affairs, Alumni, Awards, Campus Currents, College of Business and Natural Sciences, College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, College of Liberal Arts, Community, Events, Faculty, Home News, Outdoor Education, President, Psychology, Staff, 2018

Nearly 180 candidates for graduation will be recognized during the 176th Black Hills State University commencement ceremony. View the full list of graduates.

The fall commencement ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center on the BHSU campus. The public is invited to attend and celebrate the students’ achievements. Degrees to be awarded include 6 master’s degrees, 156 bachelor’s degrees, and 16 associate’s degrees.

Dr. Chris Crawford, provost and vice president for academic affairs at BHSU; Dr. Joan Wink, with the South Dakota Board of Regents; and Wyatt Osthus, president of the BHSU Student Senate; will offer greetings to the graduates. BHSU President Dr. Tom Jackson, Jr., with the assistance of April Meeker, registrar at BHSU, will present diplomas to the graduation candidates.

Lauren Beyersdorf, president of the BHSU Alumni Association and title examiner at Black Hills Title Company, will welcome graduates into the community of more than 17,000 university alumni.

The National Anthem and “Hymn to BHSU” will be performed by the BHSU Chamber Singers under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Nero, professor of music. The processional and recessional will be performed by Dr. Symeon Waseen, associate professor of music, and Dr. Christopher Hahn, assistant professor of music.

The fall 2018 commencement ceremony will be broadcast live at for those who are unable to attend. BHSU encourages attendees to share their commencement story on social media with the hashtag #BHSU2018 in Twitter, Facebook and Instagram posts. A photo gallery from the ceremony will be available at after Monday, Dec. 10.

All graduates are listed in the attached Excel document by hometown or current residence. Degrees are indicated by the following: MS, master of science; BA, bachelor of arts; BGS, bachelor of general studies; BS, bachelor of science; BSED, bachelor of science in education; AA, associate of arts; and AS, associate of science.

Bachelor degree candidates who graduated with honors are noted by the following designations: Cum Laude, grade point average (GPA) 3.5 to 3.699; Magna Cum Laude, GPA of 3.7 to 3.899; and Summa Cum Laude, GPA of 3.9 or higher. Associate degree candidates who graduated with honors are noted by the following designations: With Honor, GPA of 3.5 to 3.699; with High Honor, GPA of 3.7 to 3.899; and with Highest Honor, GPA of 3.9 or higher.

The candidate graduating from the University Honors Program is noted by the following designation: University Scholar, a four-year comprehensive Honors program with an emphasis on undergraduate research and creative scholarship.  

View the full list of graduates by hometown.

About Black Hills State University
Black Hills State University is a masters-level state university with more than 4,000 students. The campus leads the region in sustainability efforts and maintains top academic programs in business (AACSB Accredited), exercise science, natural sciences, social sciences, the arts, mass communication, health sciences and education. The University, founded in 1883, is located in the northern Black Hills, a region abundant with outdoor activity and culture. Spearfish, S.D., is recognized as one of the top 10 most livable small towns in the USA and has also been recognized nationally for outdoor recreational opportunities. A second location, BHSU-RC, was recently established in Rapid City, the state’s second largest city. BHSU, a member of NCAA Division II athletics, offers 14 sports. BHSU has a legacy of champion rodeo teams.

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