Commencement Information for Students, Parents and Guests

December 2017 Commencement

Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 9 am
Rushmore Plaza Civic Center - Theatre
444 N. Mt. Rushmore Road
Rapid City, South Dakota.
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Information and Forms - coming soon!

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

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Surbeck Center Ballroom, 11:30 am – 1:30 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:

Videos of Past Commencement Ceremonies: View YouTube Channel

Future Commencement Dates* Fall 2017

Videos of Past Commencement Ceremonies:
View YouTube Channel

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