2019, Doctorate of Public Service
WWII Veteran and member of the C “Charlie” Company, 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a famous Japanese American special fighting force.
Lt. Col. Brett Theeler, MD
2019, Doctorate of Science
Deputy Chief of the Department of Neurology at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Dr. Lowell Amiotte
2018, Doctorate of Public Service
Recognized for his dedication and commitment to Native American education
2016, Doctorate of Public Service
Former special assistant to President Barack Obama for Native American Affairs
2015, Honorary Doctor of Letters and Literature Degree
National Park Service employee and award-winning author.
2014, Doctor of Public Service
Producer of movie premieres, conferences, educational programs and large scale events including closing ceremony for Olympics
Guido Della-Vecchio & Johanna Meier
2003, Doctorate of Humane Letters
Owners of the Black Hills Passion Play
1985, Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters
A former teacher who served as Auditor, Secretary of State, and in the state House of Representatives of South Dakota
1981, Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters
Ziolkowski was the sculptor of Crazy Horse Monument near Custer.
1980, Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters
Case is a Tuscon, Ariz., author and publisher who donated land and a collection of western history to the college.
Honorable George McGovern
1978, Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters
McGovern is a former South Dakota senator and was the Democratic presidential candidate in 1972.
Honorable Arthur Westwood
1976, Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters
Westwood is a former pastor of the Spearfish United Methodist Church of Christ.
Honorable JoAnn Haberman
1975, Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters
Haberman, an Eagle Butte native, is considered one of the world’s leading authorities in cancer research.
Honorable James Abourezk
1974, Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters
Abourezk was a former South Dakota senator.
Honorable Joseph Foss
1973, Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters
Foss was a former South Dakota governor
1972. Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters
Meier was the owner of the Black Hills Passion Play and portrayed Christ in the production.
1971, Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters
Eaton, a 1940 BHSU graduate, was the head football coach for the University of Wyoming and was later the director of player personnel for the Green Bay Packers.
Honorable E.Y. Berry
1970, Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters
Berry was the West River Congressman who helped BHSC get funding for the library learning center that was later named in his honor.