Commencement Information for Students, Parents and Guests

Spring 2017 Commencement

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 9 am
Rushmore Plaza Civic Center - Ice Arena
444 N. Mt. Rushmore Road
Rapid City, South Dakota.
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Information and Forms

If you have questions about graduation, please contact or call (605) 394-2416

President’s Cap & Gown Reception

In recognition of your accomplishments and to pick up your cap and gown, please join us for the President’s Cap & Gown Reception

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Surbeck Center Ballroom, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Admission to Commencement

Your family and friends are cordially invited to attend and may sit in any non-reserved seats (reserved seating is for graduates, faculty, and dignitaries). Tickets are not required.
Google Map - Rushmore Plaza Civic Center

Parking is free and generally available, however, the Civic Center is home to many events and occasionally parking does fill up. There is additional parking at Central High School (across the street to the west) and in lots east of the Civic Center as well.

Live Streaming

The commencement ceremony will be streamed live on YouTube for those who cannot attend in person. Video begins just a few minutes before ceremony begins. Find it at:

Commencement Dates*

Videos of Past
Commencement Ceremonies

  • May 6, 2017
Fall of 2016
Spring of 2016

Fall of 2015
Spring of 2015

Fall of 2014
Spring of 2014

Fall of 2013
Spring of 2013

Fall of 2012
Spring of 2012

Fall of 2011
Spring of 2011

Fall of 2010
Spring of 2010

Fall of 2009
Spring of 2009

Fall of 2008
Spring of 2008

Fall of 2007
Spring of 2007

Fall of 2006

* The dates above conform to information established by the South Dakota Board of Regents, but are subject to change at its discretion.