Spring commencement is Saturday, May 8. We anticipate nearly 400 students completing their degree this spring with about 325 participating in three ceremonies – one for each college - at the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center.
- Business and Natural Sciences is at 9 a.m. Don Looney, retired business professor who taught at BHSU for 15 years, will be the speaker. One of the keys to his success was his ability to share his extensive experience with students. Looney served nine years in the U.S. Air Force, primarily as a Hospital Administrator, before resigning his commission as a Captain. He then spent 28 years in upper management within the international medical device industry. Professor Looney founded a successful management consulting firm and joined the BHSU faculty.
- Liberal Arts is at 12 noon. Dr. Tim Steckline, professor, will be the speaker. Steckline was named the Distinguished Faculty member at BHSU this year. Since joining the faculty at BHSU, Steckline has taught 14 different classes, representing four disciplines: speech communication, mass communication, theatre, and philosophy. The popular and highly respected professor is known for being a caring, kind, and encouraging leader both in the classroom and outside the classroom.
- Education and Behavioral Sciences is at 3 p.m. Elaine Doll-Dunn, retired educator, author, motivational speaker and marathon runner, will be the speaker. Doll-Dunn completed a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology, researching the self-efficacy of women who begin marathoning after the age of 40. In 2008 Elaine was the recipient of the Spirit of Dakota Award. The Spirit of Dakota Award Society annually honors one woman whose leadership qualities, courage, strength of character, and community commitment illustrate the best of South Dakota womanhood.
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 www.BHSU.edu/Commencement