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Release Date Monday, March 27, 2017

SD Attorney General and Mines Alumnus Marty Jackley Returns to Mines as Commencement Speaker

South Dakota Attorney General and SD Mines alumnus Marty Jackley will speak at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology’s 175th commencement.

RAPID CITY, SD (March 27, 2017) – South Dakota Attorney General and SD Mines alumnus Marty Jackley will speak at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology’s 175th commencement. Jackley is well known for his highly successful career in the legal profession, having served as both the U.S. Attorney for South Dakota and as the state’s Attorney General.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from SD Mines in 1992 and a law degree from the University of South Dakota in 1995, Jackley clerked for the Chief Federal Judge of South Dakota. He then joined and became a partner in the Rapid City law firm Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson and Ashmore, where he specialized in representing design professionals and contractors, as well as criminal and business litigation. In 2006, he was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as U.S. Attorney for South Dakota. He was named the South Dakota Prosecutor of the Year by South Dakota’s State’s Attorneys in 2008.  

Jackley was twice elected as South Dakota’s Attorney General, first in 2010 and again 2014. He has served as South Dakota’s first President of the National Association of Attorneys General and Chairman of the Conference of Western Attorneys General. In 2016, he received the National Kelley–Wyman Outstanding Attorney General award from his fellow attorneys general.

While at Mines, Jackley received eight Athletic “M” Awards in track and cross country, and was inducted into the Hardrocker Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011. His other activities at Mines included being named homecoming king, a commencement speaker and joining the Theta Tau Engineering Fraternity.  He has also received his Engineer-in-Training certification.

Returning to his alma mater as the 2017 spring commencement speaker, Jackley brings the decades of accumulated experience he has gained since graduating Mines back to share with the new scientists and engineers about to embark on their own futures.

The 2017 Spring Commencement at Mines begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Ice Arena. The event is open to the public. The commencement ceremony is also streamed live online for those who cannot attend in person. The video can be found at: www.sdsmt.edu/GradVideo.

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About SD Mines

Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,859 students with a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1. The SD School of Mines placement rate is 96 percent, with an average starting salary of $62,929. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on Facebook and Twitter.

Contact: Charles Michael Ray , 605-394-6082, charles.ray@sdsmt.edu

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