new Banner
News & Events

BHSU modifies Fall Commencement plans

Author: BHSU Communications/Monday, October 26, 2020/Categories: Events, Students, Academic Affairs, Alumni, Campus Currents, College of Business and Natural Sciences, College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, College of Liberal Arts, Events, Faculty, President, Staff, 2020, 2021

Black Hills State University will have three commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center to honor the 2020 graduates.

BHSU President Laurie S. Nichols said, “Commencement is an important milestone and we are committed to honoring our graduates with a number of modifications to the usual ceremony.”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, rather than having one ceremony for the entire group of BHSU graduates, a separate commencement ceremony will be held for each College. The schedule is as follows:
  • 9 a.m. for the College of Business and Natural Sciences. The speaker will be Dr. Holly Downing, professor emeritus, who served as an administrator and professor of biology, animal behavior and entomology at BHSU. She earned a bachelor’s degree in zoology and a master’s and doctorate in entomology.
  • 12 noon for the College of Liberal Arts. Erin Broberg, communications specialist with the Sanford Underground Research Facility, who graduated from BHSU with a bachelor’s degree in communications, will speak at the ceremony.
  • 3 p.m. for the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Ryan Young will be the speaker. Young, learning specialist with Technology and Innovation in Education (TIE), graduated from BHSU with a bachelor’s degree in human services and sociology and went on to earn graduate degrees in education and leadership.
Attendance will be restricted. Graduating students along with a limited number of family members and faculty and staff will be in attendance.  The commencement ceremonies will be livestreamed at

The Spring 2020 Commencement Ceremony was cancelled due to the pandemic. Spring and summer graduates are invited to participate in these fall ceremonies.

Number of views (565)/Comments (0)



BHSU Communications 0 206
The West River Health Sciences Center will be holding two Virtual Health Summits in the month of November. One will be Tuesday, Nov. 17 for current college students and one will be Friday, Nov. 20 for high school students. Faculty, staff, community members, and other supporters are also welcome to attend either session. The virtual event will provide participants with the opportunity to learn about healthcare careers from current healthcare professionals as well as education and career pathways to achieve their goals.

BHSU student gains another incredible research opportunity

BHSU Communications 0 533
After his summer 2019 experience as a Davis-Bahcall Scholar, Black Hills State University student Curtis Petersen gained another research opportunity—this time a little closer to home. Petersen, a mathematics education major from Parade, S.D., was accepted into the NSF-funded BHSU Underground Science Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU).