Commencement Information for Students, Parents and Guests

Fall 2016 Commencement

Saturday, December 17, 2016
Rushmore Plaza Civic Center - Theatre
444 N. Mt. Rushmore Road
Rapid City, South Dakota.
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More information and forms will be added as we get nearer to the commencement date.
If you have questions about commencement, 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
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
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 at  (Video begins just a few minutes before ceremony begins.)  For PC users, video will play in Windows Media Player.  Mac users will need to have Flip4Mac.

Commencement Dates*


Videos of Past
Commencement Ceremonies

  • December 17, 2016
  • May 6, 2017
  Spring of 2016

Fall of 2015
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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.