Mines News

Release Date Monday, March 15, 2021

Mines Plans Return to Normal Operations this Fall

Students atop Dinosaur Hill in 2019 taking part in one of the traditional Rocker Days homecoming celebration events at Mines. The university is planning a return to activities like this in the coming Fall 2021 semester.

 

South Dakota Mines is planning a return to more normal operations this coming fall.

Mines plans to offer regular in-person classes, a full athletics schedule, student activities and the traditional homecoming celebration. If any COVID safety measures are needed in the fall, they will be implemented as the situation dictates.

“Thanks to the cooperation and diligence of our students, faculty and staff, we kept COVID-19 numbers relatively low on campus this year,” says Mines President Jim Rankin. “The vaccination effort is seeing great progress in Rapid City. We look forward to return to a more normal mode of operation in the coming fall.”

President Rankin says that measures to limit the spread of COVID will likely continue on campus this spring. But as vaccination rates increase and if COVID cases remain low, the university hopes to transition to fewer restrictions. Mines is planning for an in-person graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 8, with details to be announced. 

The South Dakota Board of Regents announced that all six public universities in the state and two special schools are planning to return to normalcy in the fall.

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