2018 SDState Undergraduate Ceremony – 2 p.m.

2018 SDState Undergraduate Ceremony – 2 p.m.


CELLULAR PHONES AND ELECTRONIC
DEVICES. COMMENCEMENT PROCESSIONAL WILL
START SOON. STUDENT PROCESSIONAL AND STAND,
AS ABLE, FOR THE ENTRY OF THE PLATFORM PARTY AND THE COLORS. THOSE IN ATTENDANCE ARE ASKED TO
PLEASE BE RESPECTFUL AND STAY SEATED UNTIL ALL STUDENTS HAVE
BEEN RECOGNIZED AS GRADUATES AND THE PLATFORM PARTY HAS RECESSED
FROM THE STAGE. INTRODUCING THE 2018 GRADUATING
CLASS FROM SOUTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY. ACT LAND-GRANT INSTITUTION, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY
IMPROVES QUALITY OF LIFE THROUGH EXEMPLARY TEACHING, RELEVANT
RESEARCH AND CONNECTED OUTREACH. RANGE OF ACADEMIC DISCIPLINES,
SOME TRACED TO THE UNIVERSITY’S
EARLIEST DAYS AND OTHERS DEVELOPED IN RESPONSE TO THE
NEEDS OF THE STATE AND REGION. DEAN JANE MOORE CANDIDATES IN
THE COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES ARE
LED BY THEIR BANNER CARRIER, ASSOCIATE
PROFESSOR JOHN KAPPES. DEAN JAMES ZIMMERMAN, CANDIDATES
OF THE COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES ARE LED BY THEIR BANNER CARRIER, ASSISTANT
PROFESSOR JAMES MURPHY. DEAN JILL THORNGREN, CANDIDATES
IN THE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AND HUMAN SCIENCES ARE LED BY THEIR
BANNER CARRIER, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR LACEY MCCORMACK. DEAN JANE MORT, MARY KAY H HALLINS, MEMBERS OF
THE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE ARE REPRESENTED BY THEIR
BANNER CARRIER, AMY HOLM. DEAN REBECCA BOTT-KNUTSON,
MEMBERS OF THE VAN D. AND BARBARA B.FISHBACK HONORS
COLLEGE ARE REPRESENTED BY THEIR BANNER CARRIER, PROFESSOR FATHI
HALAWEISH. . [MUSIC] PROVOST DENNIS HEDGE, FACULTY
ARE LED BY MARSHALS ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR TERESA SEEFELDT AND ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
JOSHUA WESTWICK AND BY THEIR BANNER
CARRIER, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, AARON BRAGSDALE. PLEASE STAND. DUNN, THE PLATFORM PARTY IS LED
BY HONORARY MARSHALS, PROFESSOR DAN KEMP THE MACE CARRIED BY DR. KATTELMANN SIGNIFIES THE
AUTHORITY AND PAGEANTRY OF THE ACADEMIC
CEREMONIES. IN RECOGNITION OF THE
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE TO THE UNIVERSITY. MARSHALS IS PRINTED IN THE
PROGRAM, DR. KATTELMANN SERVED AS THE
DIRECTOR OF DIDACTIC PROGRAM IN DIETICS FROM 1997-2018. HEAD FOR HEALTH AND NUTRITIONAL
SCIENCES DEPARTMENT. STANDARDS OF THE ACCREDITED
DIETICS PROGRAM. KEMP FOUND HIS CALLING WAS
TEACHING MATHEMATICS AND HAS TAUGHT ALMOST EVERY
UNDERGRADUATE MATHEMATICS COURSE AND A FEW GRADUATE MATHEMATICS
COURSES OFFERED AT SDSU. RECOGNIZED IN 1979 AND 2012 WITH
THE ENGINEERING COLLEGE TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD, WITH THE
EDWARD PATRICK HOGAN EXCELLENT ROBERTS, DISTINGUISHED GUESTS,
MEMBERS OF THE FACULTY, ADMINISTRATIVE LEADERSHIP AT THE
UNIVERSITY, GRADUATES, FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF THE GRADUATES AND
I WELCOME YOU TO THE 2018 COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY OF SOUTH
DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY, WHICH WILL NOW BE IN ORDER. PRESENTATION OF COLORS BY THE
ARMY ROTC CADETS JESSUP WORKMAN AND BLAKE HESS AND AIR FORCE ROTC CADETS BEN
WILLIAMS AND ETHAN FRAIZER, THE EAGLE STAFF BY FREDDY MORAN AND THE NATIVE AMERICAN, UNITED STATES
INFANTRY VETERAN AND THE PLAYING OF OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM BY THE
SYMPHONIC BAND. [“THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER”
PLAYS] [ APPLAUSE ] DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY, BARRY
H. DUNN. PRESIDENT OF SOUTH DAKOTA STATE
UNIVERSITY, AND TO WELCOME YOU TO THE UNIVERSITY’S 132ND
COMMENCEMENT, A SPECIAL DAY OF RECOGNITION AND OF CELEBRATION. HAVE COMPLETED DEGREE
REQUIREMENTS DURING SPRING SEMESTER, BRINGING
THE TOTAL NUMBER OF UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES CONFERRED
THIS ACADEMIC YEAR TO MORE THAN 2,000. STUDENTS RECEIVING AN ASSOCIATE
OR A BACCALAUREATE DEGREE IN THE
COLLEGE OF PHARMACY AND ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONS, THE COLLEGE
OF EDUCATION AND HUMAN SCIENCES AND THE COLLEGE OF ARTS AND
SCIENCES. BACCALAUREATE DEGREES IN THE
COLLEGE OF NURSING, THE JEROME J. LOHR COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING
AND THE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AND BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES WERE
RECOGNIZED AT THE 10A.M. DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY DEGREES,
DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE OR DOCTOR OF
PHARMACY DEGREES WILL BE RECOGNIZED IN THE GRADUATE
CEREMONY AT FIVE THIS AFTERNOON. AN EVENT LIKE THIS RELIES ON THE
COLLABORATION AND EFFORTS OF A GREAT MANY PEOPLE. OF THEM NOW: PROFESSOR TERESA SEEFELD
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES AND JOSH WESTWICK, ASSOCIATE
PROFESSOR OF COMMUNICATION STUDIES, WHO SERVED AS FACULTY
MARSHALS, ASSISTING THE STUDENTS AND FACULTY IN THE PROCESSIONAL
THIS AFTERNOON; AND THE SYMPHONIC BAND UNDER THE DIRECTION OF JACOB WALLACE,
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF MUSIC AND KEVIN KESSLER, DIRECTOR OF
ATHLETIC BANDS. THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THIS
SPECIAL DAY. OUR HONORARY MARSHALS WHO WERE PROFESSOR KEMP AND PROFESSOR
KATTELMANN WILL YOU PLEASE STEP FORWARD? PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE THOSE
MEMBERS OF THE PLATFORM PARTY PARTICIPATING IN TODAY’S
CEREMONY, WHO WILL NOT BE INTRODUCED LATER IN THE PROGRAM. SCHOOL, DEAN OF THE COLLEGE OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, JOHN
KILLIFER. FARHENWALD; DEAN OF THE JEROME
J. LOHR COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING, LEW BROWN; INTERIM DEAN OF
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, MARY KAY HELLING; CHIEF UNIVERSITY
LIBRARIAN AND ACTING DEAN OF THE VAN D. AND BARBARA B. FISHBACK HONORS
COLLEGE, KRISTI TORNQUIST; VICE PRESIDENT FOR RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DANIEL
SCHOLL PRESIDENT EMERITUS DAVID CHICOINE THANK YOU FOR BEING A
PART OF TODAY’S CELEBRATION. THANK ALL THE PARENTS, FRIENDS
AND LOVED ONES WHO ARE HERE TO SHARE THIS SPECIAL DAY WITH
TODAY’S GRADUATES. ENCOURAGEMENT IN COUNTLESS WAYS
OVER THESE PAST YEARS. OF 2018 PLEASE RISE TO
RECOGNIZE AND THANK YOUR PARENTS, FRIENDS AND LOVED ONES
FOR THEIR SUPPORT WITH A ROUND OF APPLAUSE. HAVE RICK HOLM, MD, GERIATRICS
AND INTERNAL MEDICINE AVERA HERE TO
SHARE A MESSAGE WITH THE GRADUATES. HOLM HAS PRACTICED MEDICINE FOR
NEARLY 40 YEARS AS A MEDICAL STAFF MEMBER OF THE AVERA MEDICAL GROUP,
BROOKINGS, AND THE BROOKINGS HEALTH SYSTEM. JOURNALISM AT SOUTH DAKOTA STATE
UNIVERSITY AND CLINICAL PROFESSOR AT THE UNIVERSITY OF
SOUTH DAKOTA SANFORD SCHOOL OF MEDICINE WHERE HE HAS
BEEN A MEDICAL RESEARCHER, LECTURER,
AND A MENTOR TO PRE-MED STUDENTS, MEDICAL STUDENTS,
RESIDENTS, AND OTHER HEALTH PROFESSIONS STUDENTS. DAKOTA STATE MEDICAL
ASSOCIATION, PAST GOVERNOR AND MASTER OF THE SOUTH
DAKOTA CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE
OF PHYSICIANS. SOUTH DAKOTA HALL OF FAME, CITED
AS “SOUTH DAKOTA’S VOICE OF HEALTHCARE. PLEASE WELCOME RICK TO THE
PODIUM. STUDENTS, FAMILY, AND FRIENDS,
SDSU FACULTY, PROVOST HEDGES, PRESIDENT DUNN, REGENTS, AND
DISTINGUISHED GUESTS, HAPPY CINCO DE MAYO! SMET, SOUTH DAKOTA, I SPENT SIX
YEARS IN VERMILLION, EIGHT YEARS IN ATLANTA, AND 37 YEARS PRACTICING MEDICINE IN
BROOKINGS. FARMING, PRE-PROFESSIONAL,
SPORTS-PLAYING JACKS. EATING RIGHT, EXERCISING DAILY,
YET I CAME DOWN WITH PANCREATIC CANCER 19 MONTHS AGO. RADIATION, MAJOR SURGERY, AND
NOW, WITH REOCCURRENCE, I’M BACK ON CHEMO. FOR EVERY DAY BUT MY ENDING
TIME IS AND AND THAT’S THE TRUTH. NOT AFRAID OF DYING, I JUST
DON’T WANT TO BE THERE WHEN IT HAPPENS.” A CARDIOLOGIST FRIEND
RECENTLY SHARED ONE DAY, YOU’LL BE JUST A MEMORY FOR SOME
PEOPLE. THINK THE MEASURE OF OUR WORTH
AFTER WE DIE, HAS LESS TO DO WITH BEING REMEMBERED AND MORE
TO DO WITH THE REFLECTION OF OUR ACTIONS ON OTHERS. THAT JIMMY STEWART WONDERFUL
LIFE SORT OF THING. COMES WITH THE GOOD THAT WE DO
AND HOW THAT MOVES OTHERS FORWARD, MAKING THINGS BETTER ON
AND ON INTO THE FUTURE. THAT FITS WELL WITH MY INCLUSIVE
SPIRITUAL BELIEFS. DAD I RELISHED, AND STILL ENJOY,
PARENTING SIDE BY SIDE WITH MY PEDIATRIC NURSE PRACTITIONER
WIFE. NIGHT AS THEY WERE GROWING UP,
AND FINISHED WITH A PRAYER BASED ON MEDICAL ETHICS: DEAR
LORD, HELP US BE KIND, HONEST, AND RESPECT PEOPLE’S CHOICES. SOMETIMES FIND MYSELF SAYING TO
THEM, ”I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU UNCONDITIONALLY, BUT SOMETIMES I
DON’T LIKE WHAT YOU ARE DOING. WE SHOULD SAY THAT TO OUR
ENEMIES TOO. DESTROY YOUR ENEMY, MAKE ‘EM HATE?HATE IS POISONOUS, AND MOST
POISONOUS TO THE ONE WHO HARBORS IT. “I ACT TO SHOW THE DIVINE SPIRIT
WITHIN ME BOWS TO THE DIVINE SPIRIT WITHIN YOU. ” MOHAMMED AND BUDDHA, “LOVE YOUR
ENEMY. I THINK IT MAKES US BETTER FIGHTERS FOR A CAUSE. WARS MOVIE, THE LAST JEDI, SAID, “THAT’S HOW WE’LL WIN, NOT
FIGHTING THOSE WE HATE, RATHER, SAVING WHAT WE LOVE. ” WHETHER IT BE TRUMP OR OBAMA,
WIDENS THE GAP, INCREASES HATE, DESTROYS US. TO THE TOOTH FOR WHAT YOU WANT,
FOR THE RIGHT, FOR THE CAUSE. ” LIKE YOU TO SAVOR, IN THIS TIME
I HAVE NUMBER ONE, FIRST REALIZE YOU
ARE IN POWER NOW. AT TWENTY-FIVE AND AREN’T BURIED
UNTIL SEVENTY-FIVE. WITH UNKINDNESS, DISHONESTY, AND
THE LIMITATION OF OUR FREEDOMS. GRADUALLY ALTHOUGH SOCIETY IS
GRADUALLY GETTING BETTER THAN IT USED TO BE, THERE ARE A GREAT
MANY UNACCEPTABLE HAPPENINGS GOING ON RIGHT RIGHT NOW THAT
SHOULD OUTRAGE YOU. GREAT POWER COMES GREAT
RESPONSIBILITY. ” YOU ARE AT YOUR PHYSICAL PEAK,
HEALTHY AND STRONG, WITH MEMORY AND LEARNING CAPACITY AT THE MAX, AND WITH
MORE RESILIENCE AND FLEXIBILITY THAN YOU WILL EVER HAVE AGAIN. TO LEARN FROM EXPERIENCE (WITH
SUCCESSES AND FAILINGS), TO EARN WISDOM, TO REACH YOUR FULL EMOTIONAL AND JUDGMENT
POTENTIAL, BUT YOUR BODY AND BRAIN IS AT ITS BEST RIGHT NOW. LAST, AND LIFE IS REMARKABLY
SHORT. AND HIT THE GROUND, WILL FAIL,
BE DESTROYED BY ALCOHOLISM, OR SUFFOCATE TO DEATH FROM OPIOIDS. SOBER TIME TO MATURE LET ALONE
BE CREATIVE. OR CANCER, OR ANOTHER DISEASE. WASTE OF PRECIOUS TIME. DON’T WAIT, BE ALIVE NOW. EXPERIENCE AND PAYS BACK EVEN
WASTEFULLY. DANGEROUS RISKS, BUT YOU WILL
HAVE TO TAKE SOME RISKS TO BE ALIVE. TO FOLD THEM. TIME, I HAVE NO REGRETS. QUEST OF WHAT WORK THERE IS THAT
TURNS YOUR CRANK, THAT APPEALS AND MOTIVATES YOU, THAT
INTERESTS YOU THE MOST. WORK WILL BE A LIFETIME OF JOY. IS CRIPPLED WITH UNKINDNESS,
DISHONESTY, SOMETHING IS WRONG WHEN
UNKINDNESS IS NORMAL IN THIS, OUR LAND. IN SPORTS, REPRESENTING A
DIFFERENT TOWN OR A DIFFERENT UNIVERSITY. POLITICAL POSITION. CHILDREN AND FOR ALL OF US. UNKIND BASED SOLELY ON A
DIFFERENCE IN COLOR, RACE, DIFFERENT SEX OR SEXUAL
ORIENTATION, A DIFFERENT AGE, RELIGION, LANGUAGE, AND COUNTRY. THAT WHEN A COMMUNITY HAS ONLY
ELM TREES, DISEASE CAN DESTROY THEM ALL. THE MAJORITY TREES SURVIVE. SOCIETY, THAT WITH WITH DIVERSITY COMES GOOD
THINGS, EMBRACE IT. SO UNKIND THAT THEY WOULD GUN
DOWN INNOCENT PEOPLE AT A MUSICAL VENUE IN LOS VEGAS,
SHOOT INNOCENT CHILDREN IN SCHOOLS, OR SEND BOMBS TO RANDOM
PEOPLE. NORMAL IN OUR LAND. BECOME NORMAL IN OUR LAND. AND GOVERNMENT IS NO LONGER
FACTUALLY BASED.GOVERNMENT, SPONSORED RESEARCH HAS CHANGED
INTO MARKETING AND BOWS TO THE THRONE OF MAKING MONEY; WHEN THE DISHONESTY IS NORMAL IN OUR WHEN
LOBBYISTS IN WASHINGTON, WHO REPRESENT SPECIAL INTEREST
GROUPS AND CORPORATIONS WITH ONLY-PROFIT MOTIVE, HAVE MORE
INFLUENCE ON OUR POLITICIANS THAN FACTS AND RESEARCH OR
GRASS-ROOT GROUPS REPRESENTING THE PEOPLE. SEE HOW, IN 1996 THE NRA FORCED
THE DICKEY LAW, AND TURNED OFF ANY CDC AND GOVERNMENT SPONSORED
RESEARCH ON GUN VIOLENCE FOR 22 YEARS. ONE OF MY FONDEST MEMORIES, BUT
WHEN LOBBY MONEY IN WASHINGTON CAN
OBSTRUCT RESEARCH MEANT TO FIND WAYS TO MAKE THE INNOCENT SAFE, I AM
OUTRAGED. NORMAL IN OUR LAND. OF OUR FREEDOMS AND CHOICES HAS
BECOME NORMAL IN OUR LAND. BUY AN LIFE-SAVING EPI PEN WHICH
COSTS LESS THAN $3 TO MAKE, HAS BEEN PUSHED TO $381; WHEN THE COST OF HEALTH
CARE IN THE U.S. IS ABOUT TWICE THAT OF THE NEXT TEN MOST
EXPENSIVE COUNTRIES, AND YET WE ARE RATED AS AVERAGE IN QUALITY,
AND, STILL, NOT ALL HAVE ACCESS. LIMITED WHEN DYING PATIENTS ARE
KEPT MISERABLY ALIVE FOR A WHILE LONGER AND NOT ALLOWED TO DIE IN
COMFORT BECAUSE: THE PATIENT HASN’T MADE A LIVING
WILL; THE FAMILY HAS RUN FROM DISCUSSIONS OF DEATH; THE HEALTH SYSTEM IS PROFITING; AND THE
DOCTOR HASN’T THE TIME TO HELP THE PATIENT THROUGH THIS TOUGH
TIME. LIMITED WHEN COLLEGE, GRADUATE
SCHOOL, AND MED SCHOOL IS PROGRESSIVELY LESS AND LESS AVAILABLE FOR MIDDLE AND
LOWER CLASS KIDS; WHEN GERRYMANDERING MANIPULATES
VOTING TO THE ADVANTAGE OF THE POLITICAL GROUP IN POWER; WHEN
ONLY 35% OF THE PEOPLE GET OUT AND
VOTE; 35 35%. LIMITED WHEN DISPARITY OF WEALTH
WHERE THE RICH ARE RICHER AND THE POOR ARE POORER IS WORSE AND
GETTING WORSE IN THE U.S. THAN IN ANY OTHER WEALTHY COUNTRY OF THE WORD AND IT
THREATENS OUR DEMOCRACY. THIS FOR EMPHASIS, ONLY 35% OF
THE PEOPLE GET OUT AND VOTE. WILLFULLY GIVE UP YOUR RIGHT TO
COMPLAIN ABOUT OUR GOVERNMENT. WHO MATCH YOUR MORAL AND ETHICAL
POSITIONS. IS THREATENED BY THE LIMITATION
OF OUR FREEDOMS AND CHOICES, AND THIS IS NORMAL IN OUR LAND. RESPONSIBILITY, WITH GREAT POWER
COMES GREAT RESPONSIBILITY. IT’S YOU WHO HAVE THE POWER TO
CHANGE THE WORLD. THERE WILL BE RESISTANCE, BUT
YOU ARE IN YOUR POWER NOW, THE RESPONSIBILITY IS YOURS. SHOW OTHERS HOW TO TREAT PEOPLE
WITH KINDNESS; IT’S YOU WHO HAVE THE
RESPONSIBILITY TO LOOK FOR AND DEMAND TRUTH AND HONESTY; AND
IT’S YOU WHO HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO STAND UP
FOR, AND BRING BACK RESPECT FOR FREEDOM, CHOICE, AND LIBERTY IN
OUR LAND. WORLD. STEWART’S, “IT’S A WONDERFUL
LIFE,” MEANING AND PURPOSE WILL COME TO YOU WITH THE GOOD THAT
YOU DO AND HOW THAT MOVES OTHERS FORWARD, MAKING THINGS BETTER ON
AND ON INTO THE FUTURE. HONEST, AND RESPECT PEOPLE’S
CHOICES . AND GO JACKS! HOLM. HOLM: THANK YOU. PRIDE ALL ITS GRADUATES. SPECIAL PRIDE IN THOSE WHO HAVE
ACHIEVED HIGH LEVELS OF ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE. WHO WILL RECOGNIZE THOSE
STUDENTS GRADUATING WITH ACADEMIC HONORS. TAKES HARD WORK AND COMMITMENT. LEVELS OF ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT. YEAR’S CLASS WHOSE ACADEMIC
ACHIEVEMENTS HAVE EARNED THEM THE DISTINCTION OF GRADUATING
WITH HONORS, AS WELL AS THOSE WHO ARE GRADUATING FROM THE VAN
D. AND BARBARA B.FISHBACK HONORS COLLEGE. INTO THE NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
OF PHI KAPPA PHI. OF THE ARTS, SCIENCES,
HUMANITIES, AND THE PROFESSIONAL COLLEGES. THEIR SENIOR CLASS ARE ELIGIBLE
FOR ELECTION TO PHI KAPPA PHI. WHO HAVE ACHIEVED THIS HIGH
SCHOLASTIC RECORD. WITH HONORS, THOSE GRADUATING
WITH HONORS COLLEGE DISTINCTION, AND THOSE WHO HAVE JOINED PHI
KAPPA PHI, PLEASE STAND AND BE RECOGNIZED? FROM ACROSS THE COLLEGES WHO
HAVE PREPARED TO BECOME TEACHERS. THE TEACHER EDUCATION CURRICULUM
FOR CERTIFICATION AS TEACHERS, PLEASE RISE AND BE RECOGNIZED. INTRODUCE LTC COREY NORRIS,
PROFESSOR OF MILITARY SCIENCE FOR ARMY ROTC AND LT COL BRIAN
K. SCHROEDER, PROFESSOR OF AEROSPACE STUDIES FOR AIR FORCE
ROTC. COMMISSIONS LIEUTENANT COLONELS? FOLLOWING GRADUATES WHO WERE
COMMISSIONED AS SECOND LIEUTENANTS IN THE UNITED STATES
ARMY OR THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AT COMMISSIONING
CEREMONIES HELD YESTERDAY. STANDING UNTIL ALL NAMES HAVE
BEEN CALLED. BEEN CALLED AND SOME OF THESE
WERE RECOGNIZED EARLIER TODAY. NAMES] [ APPLAUSE ] [READING OFFICERS’ NAMES] [ APPLAUSE ] 1999 GRADUATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA
STATE UNIVERSITY AND PRESIDENT AND CEO OF SOUTH DAKOTA STATE
UNIVERSITY ALUMNI ASSOCIATION. FOUBERG WILL BRING GREETINGS TO
THE GRADUATES AS THEY TRANSITION FROM STUDENTS TO ALUMNI. DIFFERENT IN HEIGHT. HONOR TO BE WITH YOU TODAY AND
OFFICIALLY WELCOME YOU AS YOU JOIN OVER 90,000 INDIVIDUALS WHO
HAVE GARAGE WAITED FROM THIS INSTITUTION. YOU TO THIS DAY AND WE ARE VERY
PROUD TO HAVE YOU AS PART OF THE GROWING
ALUMNI FAMILY. AND BLUE AS YOU ENTER INTO THE
NEXT PHASE OF YOUR LIFE AS A JACKRABBIT. UNIVERSITY ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
ARE EXCITED TO WELCOME YOU TO THE RANKLES OF THE ALUMNI AS YOU JOIN A GROWING
LIST OF STATERS WHO LEAD THEIR CHOSEN INDUSTRIES AND
COMMUNITIES. GREAT THINGS. EVERY ONE OF YOU ON A JOB WELL
DONE. AS FRESHMEN JUST A FEW YEARS
AGO, YOU ATTENDED FALCON VOCATION. ON THE COIN ARE THE WORDS, “ONCE
A STUDENT, FOREVER AN ALUMN. YOU WERE ENCOURAGED TO TAKE THAT
COIN, DROP IT IN A GIANT COW BELL, AND
MAKE A WISH FOR YOUR COLLEGE CAREER. RECEIVED YOUR WISH. EACH MEMBER OF THE GRADUATING
CLASS WILL RECEIVE THIS COIN FROM A MEMBER OF THE WE PROMISED YOU THAT WE WOULD
RETURN THE COIN TO YOU AND TODAY, WE
FULFILL THAT PROMISE. START A NEW CHAPTER OF YOUR
LIFE. YOU DO, YOU’LL ALWAYS BE A
MEMBER OF THE WE AT THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION ARE
VERY PROUD OF YOU AND LOOK FORWARD TO HELPING YOU STAY
CONNECTED TO YOUR ALMA MATER AND HOPE YOU WILL VISIT OFTEN. JACKRABBITS, CONGRATULATIONS,
GRADUATES, AND BEST OF LUCK TO YOU ALL. MICHAELA WILLIS WILL NOW
INTRODUCE THIS YEAR’S GRADUATING SENIOR SPEAKER. TRADITIONAL PART OF OUR
COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR A MEMBER OF THE
GRADUATING CLASS TO ADDRESS THE GATHERING. AS THIS YEAR’S SENIOR SPEAKER, A
SPRING 2018 GRADUATE WHO WILL OFFER
REMARKS ON BEHALF OF THIS YEAR’S GRADUATES. SPEECH COMMUNICATIONS WITH
MINORS IN STUDIO ARTS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE. JACKRABBIT FORENSICS, PATEL
GAINED A LOVE OF PUBLIC SPEAKING AND AN INTEREST IN GOVERNMENT. ACTIVE IN THE STUDENT’S
ASSOCIATION, SERVING AS SENATOR FOR THE
COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES, AND WAS RECENTLY NAMED SENATOR
OF THE YEAR FOR 2018. FORENSICS, DELTA CHI,
TEDXSDSTATE, AND INTERNATIONAL NIGHTS. PRESIDENT, DEANS, FACULTY,
STAFF, ADMINISTRATORS, PARENTS, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, CLASS OF 2018,
THANK YOU! THANK YOU FOR YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT. FORGET. THIS STAGE IS UNLIKELY. DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY, I WAS
UNAWARE THAT I WAS ACCEPTING AN INVITATION TO A SNOW-CAPPED
FLATNESS OF NOTHINGNESS. 50-POUND SUITCASES AND
EMOTIONALLY INSECURE BECAUSE OF MY LACK OF FLUENCY IN MY SECOND
LANGUAGE ENGLISH, I WAS LOOKING FOR A HOME AWAY FROM HOME. FAIR I WALKED TO A BOOTH CALLED
JACKRABBIT FORENSICS. WHAT APPEARS ON AMERICAN SHOWS
IN INDIA. WELL IF YOU ARE STILL WONDERING,
I WAS WRONG. ANDREA CARLILE, WHO IS READING
THE NAMES OF ALL OF US AT THIS CEREMONY, WELCOMED ME INTO THE
JACKRABBIT FORENSICS. BECAUSE THE INSECURITIES WHICH I
WAS TRYING INDIVIDUALISTIC CULTURES IN THE
WORLD, I FOUND THE IMPORTANCE OF COLLECTIVIST VALUES. MEMBERS OF THE BROOKINGS
COMMUNITY, THROUGH 1 MILLION CUPS, THROUGH TEDX BROOKINGS, AND THROUGH AMANDA
QUAM, WHO SERVES ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR THE SOUTH DAKOTA
WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL, TAUGHT ME THAT YOU CAN ONLY SERVE YOURSELF
WHEN YOU SERVE OTHERS. RECEIVED THROUGH THE STUDENTS’
ASSOCIATION, SERVING AS A SENATOR FOR THE COLLEGE OF ARTS
AND SCIENCES, THROUGH DELTA CHI, MY FRATERNITY, WHICH GAVE ME A SPANISH LANGUAGE
LEARNING INTENSIVE PROGRAM IN ECUADOR, AND THROUGH JACKRABBIT FORENSICS
WHICH TAUGHT ME THE ART OF EFFECTIVE RHETORIC, ALL MADE ME
A BETTER HUMAN BEING. GRADUATE IN SPEECH COMMUNICATION
WITH HONORS, MINORS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE, AND STUDIO ARTS, BUT
MOST IMPORTANTLY I STAND HERE AS A JACKRABBIT. DIFFICULTIES, AND WE ALL HAVE
OUR MEMORIES. IN WINTRODE NOT KNOWING IF A
SPANISH MINOR WOULD FIT INTO A FOUR-YEAR PLAN. STUDYING CHEM 114 BECAUSE ONLY
GOD KNOWS THE ANSWERS TO JAY SHORE’S EXAMS. DALLAS GOEDERT WERE DRAFTED BY
TOP-TIER NFL TEAMS. BE ALL THESE THINGS BECAUSE OF
ONE PROMISE THE PROMISE OF SOUTH DAKOTA STATE. WHICH WILL CREATE AN AMERICAN
INDIAN STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER ON THIS CAMPUS.ARTS WHICH CAN NOT
ONLY HOST TONY AWARD WINNERS LIKE LESLIE ODOM JR, BUT ALSO LAUNCH THE CAREERS OF FUTURE ART ARTISTS AND PROFESSIONALS. EDUCATION AND HUMAN SCIENCES
WHICH CAN INSPIRE COUNSELORS WHO ARE EQUIPPED TO ADDRESS THE
MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS ACROSS SCHOOLS IN AMERICA. TEACHERS WHO TAUGHT US TO BE THE
BEST VERSION OF OURSELVES. ME BE CLEAR IN NO OTHER
UNIVERSITY IN THE WORLD IS MY STORY EVEN POSSIBLE. PROMISE OF SOUTH DAKOTA STATE. REMEMBER THAT IN A ROOM WHEN A
JACKRABBIT STANDS, NOBODY SITS. MAJOR TO TEACH THE LANGUAGE TO
THE LESS FORTUNATE. SKILLS TO MAKE A WORLD
ACCESSIBLE FOR EVERYONE. PHARMACEUTICS TO CONDUCT
RESEARCH WHICH CAN POTENTIALLY CURE CANCER. THE SOUL DANCE, AND THE HEART SO
OVERFILLED WITH JOY THAT IT BEGINS TO BLEED YELLOW AND BLUE. AT A RATE FASTER THAN THE SPEED
OF LIGHT. NARRATED POWERPOINTS, AND
ONLINE-TEST TAKING IN YOUR CLASSES, MAKES SURE THE
CLASSROOM IS MENTALLY, EMOTIONALLY, AND PHYSICALLY
ACCESSIBLE TO ALL LEARNING STYLES. INCREASE IN ACTIVE CIVIC
ENGAGEMENT. WHICH WELCOME OPEN AND FAIR
DISCUSSIONS, AND PROMOTE FREEDOM OF THOUGHT IN THE MARKETPLACE OF
IDEAS. PROMISE OF SOUTH DAKOTA STATE, I
HOPE THIS DOES IT FOR YOU. MUMBAI, INDIA, I TOLD THEM, –
“IF I GO TO SOUTH DAKOTA STATE, I WILL WORK UNTIL I CANNOT PHYSICALLY TAKE IT
ANYMORE, TO BE THE COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER, BECAUSE I WANT TO MAKE
YOU PROUD. MY MOM, GITA, MY DAD, VIRENDRA, AND MY SISTER KRINA, ARE BACK
HOME IN INDIA, BUT ARE WATCHING THE LIVE FEED AS I SPEAK, AND I
WANT TO TELL THEM – I MADE IT. INDIVIDUALS LIKE ANDREA CARLILE
AND DR. TIM NICHOLS, DR. REBECCA BOTT, AND PRESIDENT BARRY DUNN. THOSE WHO DIDN’T THINK THEY
COULD AFFORD COLLEGE, WILL BE FUTURE PILOTS, PHARMACISTS, LAWYERS. THOSE WHO CRIED TEARS OF PAIN TO
SEND THEIR KIDS TO COLLEGE, CRY TEARS OF JOY THIS AFTERNOON. SKINNY IMMIGRANT WITH A THICK
ACCENT CAN DREAM OF WORKING IN THE WHITE HOUSE, BELIEVING IN
THE POWER OF A NATION WHICH IS NOT HIS OWN. E) FOUR YEARS LATER I STAND
CORRECTED. THIS PLACE IS NOT A SNOW-CAPPED
FLATNESS OF NOTHINGNESS IT IS A LAND FULL OF PROMISES,
ROOTED IN LEGACY, AND REALIZED IN THE PRESENT. CLASS OF 2018, SURROUNDED BY THE
BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST, THAT THIS STATE HAS TO OFFER. BUT TOMORROW IS YOUR FIRST DAY
AS ALUMNI. FULL-TIME JOBS, YOUR PART-TIME
INTERNSHIPS, YOUR BUSINESS STARTUPS, AND FIND A PROMISE YOU
BELIEVE IN. BETTER THAN YOUR TODAY, YOU CAN
DO SOMETHING BETTER. PROMISE OF SOUTH DAKOTA STATE,
WHICH REFLECTS OUR COLLECTIVE BELIEF
THAT YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND EVERY DAY,
IS A GREAT DAY TO BE A JACKRABBIT. PROUD TO BE YOUR FRIEND. INVITE THE HONORABLE PAM
ROBERTS, OF THE SOUTH DAKOTA BOARD OF REGENTS, TO THE PODIUM
TO AUTHORIZE THE CONFERRAL OF DEGREES. GOOD AFTERNOON. GREET YOU ON RAF OF THE SOUTH
DAKOTA BOARD OF REGENTS. COMMENDING AND CONGRATULATING
YOU ON YOUR HARD WORK IN EARNING A UNIVERSITY DEGREE. 40 YEARS AGO, I WAS SITTING IN
THE STUDENT AREA GETTING MY DIPLOMA
FROM AS A MEMBER OF THE SOUTH DAKOTA
BOARD OF REGENTS, I HEREBY DELEGATE TO
PRESIDENT BARRY DUNN THE AUTHORITY TO CONFER VARIOUS
DEGREES AT THIS COMMENCEMENT. BACHELOR’S DEGREES WILL BE
PRESENTED BY THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE FACULTY SENATE, PROFESSOR
MICK NAGY. NAGY: THE STUDENTS WHOSE NAMES
APPEAR IN THE PRINTED PROGRAM FOR THIS COMMENCEMENT HAVE BEEN
APPROVED BY THE FACULTY OF SOUTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY AND THE
SOUTH DAKOTA BOARD OF REGENTS TO RECEIVE THE BACHELOR OF ARTS,
BACHELOR OF GENERAL PRESENTING THESE CANDIDATES TO
YOU IN ORDER THAT YOU MAY CONFER UPON THEM THE APPROPRIATE DEGREE
IN THEIR RESPECTIVE FIELDS. ABOUT GRADUATION. NAGY. ME BY THE BOARD OF REGENTS OF
HIGHER EDUCATION OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA, I CONFER UPON EACH
OF YOU THE DEGREE BACHELOR OF ARTS, BACHELOR OF GENERAL
STUDIES, BACHELOR OF MUSIC EDUCATION, BACHELOR OF SCIENCE,
BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS, BACHELOR OF LANDSCAPE
ARCHITECTURE AND ASSOCIATE OF ARTS OR ASSOCIATES OF SCIENCE DEGREES IN YOUR CHOSEN
FIELD, UPON SATISFACTORY COMPLETION OF THE DEGREE
REQUIREMENTS, WITH ALL RIGHTS, PRIVILEGES, AND RESPONSIBILITIES
PERTAINING THERETO. NOW PRESENT THEMSELVES ON THE
STAGE FOR RECOGNITION. CONGRATULATED BY THE DEAN OF
YOUR COLLEGE. TO BE CALLED PLEASE BE SEATED. BY ANDREA CARLILE, DIRECTOR OF
FORENSICS AND INSTRUCTOR OF COMMUNICATION
STUDIES>>PRESIDENT DUNN: JANE MORT,
DEAN OF THE COLLEGE OF PHARMACY AND ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONS,
WILL INTRODUCE THE GRADUATES OF THE COLLEGE OF PHARMACY AND
ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONS. COLLEGE OF PHARMACY AND ALLIED
HEALTH PROFESSIONS PREPARES PHARMACY AND MEDICAL LABORATORY
SCIENCE GRADUATES WITH THE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
TO PROVIDE HIGH QUALITY PATIENT CARE. EXPERTISE OF THE PHARMACEUTICAL
AND MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCES AND ARE PREPARED TO PURSUE
OPPORTUNITIES WHERE THEY WILL IMPROVE THE HEALTH OF PEOPLE
THROUGHOUT OUR STATE, NATION, AND WORLD. [READING GRADUATES’ NAMES] EDUCATION AND HUMAN SCIENCES
WILL INTRODUCE GRADUATES OF THAT COLLEGE. FOLLOWING GRADUATES OF THE
COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AND HUMAN SCIENCES ARE PREPARED TO ENHANCE
THE HUMAN POTENTIAL OF OUR WORLD IN THE AREAS OF EDUCATION,
BUSINESS, GOVERNMENT, HEALTH, INDUSTRY AND RECREATION THROUGH
THEIR PROFESSIONAL ROLES IN SERVICE TO THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY
OF INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES AND NATIONS. [READING GRADUATES’ NAMES] [READING GRADUATES’ NAMES] [READING GRADUATES’ NAMES] [READING GRADUATES’ NAMES] [READING GRADUATES’ NAMES] [READING GRADUATES’ NAMES] [READING GRADUATES’ NAMES] GRADUATES WILL NOW BE INTRODUCED
BY INTERIM DEAN JASON ZIMMERMAN. FOLLOWING GRADUATES OF THE
COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES HAVE SUCCESSFULLY MET THE
REQUIREMENTS SPECIFIED WITHIN THEIR RESPECTIVE DISCIPLINES AND
WILL NOW ENTER THEIR VARIOUS PROFESSIONS TO STRENGTHEN THE
VITALITY OF OUR STATE, NATION, AND WORLD. UNIVERSITY AND THE SOUTH DAKOTA
BOARD OF REGENTS WOULD LIKE TO AWARD A POSTHUMOUS BACHELOR OF
SCIENCE DEGREE IN ECONOMICS TO SHAUN MCCLELLAND. COMPLETING HIS DEGREE BEFORE HE
UNEXPECTEDLY PASSED AWAY LAST FALL. ECONOMICS AND MANY OTHERS AT
SDSU, ESPECIALLY THOSE IN THE AIR FORCE ROTC. LIFE, AND HIS LOVE OF LEARNING. SHAUN’S FAMILY WITH HIS DEGREE. [ANNOUNCING GRADUATES’ NAMES] [ANNOUNCING GRADUATES’ NAMES] [ANNOUNCING GRADUATES’ NAMES] [ANNOUNCING GRADUATES’ NAMES] [ANNOUNCING GRADUATES’ NAMES] [ANNOUNCING GRADUATES’ NAMES] [ANNOUNCING GRADUATES’ NAMES] JACKRABBIT CELEBRATION, PLEASE
JOIN THE SYMPHONIC BAND IN THE PLAYING OF “YELLOW AND BLUE”,
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE’S ALMA MATTER AND “RING THE BELL,” OUR FIGHT
SONG. [MUSIC]>>PRESIDENT DUNN: IT’S BEEN A
REAL PLEASURE FOR ME TO PRESIDE AT
THIS 132nd COMMENCEMENT CELEBRATION. EXCITING FUTURE, AND MAY YOUR
TIME AS A JACKRABBIT SERVE YOU WELL ON THE ROAD AHEAD. DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY IS
ADJOURNED, BUT PLEASE REMAIN STANDING IN THE THE COLORS HAVE
BEEN RETIRED. STANDING AS THE PLATFORM PARTY
EXITS AND ALLOW THE GRADUATES TO LEAVE THE FLOOR THANK YOU, ALL.

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