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Release Date Friday, December 8, 2017

Student Commencement Speaker 10th in Family to Graduate from SD Mines

RAPID CITY, SD (Dec. 8, 2017) – Brenna Mollet, the 10th member of her extended family to graduate from South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, will deliver the student address at the 176th commencement ceremony, Saturday, Dec. 16.

The ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center theater. An expected 188 Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Science, Bachelor of Science and Associate of Arts degrees will be awarded.

Mollet, an applied and computational mathematics major from Chanhassen, Minn., comes from a long line of SD Mines graduates. Her uncle, Marvin Schneider, was the first in the family to attend SD Mines, graduating in May 1985, with a degree in mechanical engineering. Since then, three additional uncles, one aunt, two cousins and her parents, Chris and Audra Mollet, have graduated as Hardrockers.

Of the 10 Mollet Hardrockers, nine have also been student athletes - Brenna is a member of the Hardrocker Cheer Team. 

With that kind of family legacy, Mines was an easy choice for Mollet. “I knew I was coming to Mines since middle school,” she says, a decision that delighted her parents, who “fought over who got to bring me for the college tour.”

Mollet has been an active Mines student, serving as both president and vice president of the Rotaract Club on campus, an assistant area coordinator for Residence Life, an executive team member of the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and financial vice president and new member coordinator for Alpha Delta Pi sorority.

As a freshman, Mollet placed second in the Engineers Make Great Entrepreneurs program and competed with a team in the final round of the South Dakota Governor’s Giant Vision Business Plan competition. She also served as a Women in Science & Engineering (WiSE) mentor for female freshman students.

Following graduation, Mollet will begin a job in the Information Technology Leadership Development Program with Travelers Insurance in St. Paul, MN.

The 176th commencement will be livestreamed. For more information, visit https://www.sdsmt.edu/GradVideo/.


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 2,654 students with an average class size of 24. The SD School of Mines placement rate for graduates is 97 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $63,350. Find us online at sdsmt.edu and on  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Snapchat

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