Mines News

Release Date Thursday, May 3, 2018

SD Mines Spring Commencement and ROTC Commissioning May 5

You can find more information on the SD Mines commencement ceremony here.

RAPID CITY, SD (May 3, 2018) – Almost 400 students will receive their Bachelor of Science, Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy degrees at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology’s commencement ceremony beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 5, in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Ice Arena. South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds will deliver the commencement address, and Gina Elmore of Hot Springs, S.D., a civil engineering major, will deliver the senior class message.

SD Mines graduates each have unique success stories and bright futures. If the media would like interviews with select graduates we can offer a few examples. 

Joree Sandin: Whether Joree Sandin chooses a career working on rockets or developing prosthetics, she's certain of one thing. "I just want to help people," she says. "That's what I want to do with my career at the end of the day." The senior mechanical engineering major at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, Sandin grew up in Greeley, Colo., dreaming of a career in space exploration. "I wanted to be an aerospace engineer because I love space," she says. "Stargazing is one of my favorite things to do."

Scyller Borglum: On May 5, Scyller Borglum will earn her Ph.D. in geological engineering from SD Mines, culminating a career and academic trajectory that started with a degree in Scandinavian language and included along the way a theology degree as well as a job in the oil fields of North Dakota.  

Dalton Lyons: During his years at SD Mines, Dalton Lyons didn’t watch Netflix or play around on social media. He didn’t have time. Lyons, who graduates with a degree in civil engineering, served as an officer on the Concrete Canoe Team, an officer in the American Society of Civil Engineers, president of Chi Epsilon, a member of Tau Beta Pi, president and vice president of the Professional Development Institute for Student Leaders and a student member of the community development organization East of 5th

You can find more information on the SD Mines commencement ceremony  here.  The event is live streamed over the internet here.


ROTC Commissioning at Mt. Rushmore:

The media is invited to attend the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Mt. Rushmore Battalion ROTC commissioning ceremony at the Mt. Rushmore Amphitheater, Saturday, May 5 at 3 p.m. During this ceremony, ROTC Cadet Sam Wendte, mechanical engineer major, and Cadet Carson Purtell, mechanical engineer major, will commission as officers to serve in various branches of the United States Army. The media and the public are welcome to attend.  


About South Dakota Mines  

Founded in 1885, South Dakota Mines is one of the nation’s leading engineering, science and technology universities. South Dakota Mines offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and a best-in-class education at an affordable price. The university enrolls 2,493 students with an average class size of 24. The South Dakota Mines placement rate for graduates is 98 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $70,036. For these reasons  South Dakota Mines is ranked among the best engineering schools in the country for return on investment. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on FacebookTwitter, LinkedInInstagram, and Snapchat.

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