Mines News

Release Date Friday, December 11, 2020

South Dakota Mines Will Host Virtual Fall 2020 Commencement

The fall 2020 class includes 120 bachelor’s degrees, 30 master’s degrees, and seven doctoral degrees.

The fall class of 2020 at South Dakota Mines is unable to celebrate commencement in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but their hard work and achievements will not go unrecognized.

Members of the Mines commencement committee are producing a virtual graduation video that will premiere on the university’s YouTube page at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19. Fall 2020 graduates are invited to join any future commencement ceremony to receive their degree in person.

The fall 2020 class includes 120 bachelor’s degrees, 30 master’s degrees, and seven doctoral degrees. Graduate information can be found in the commencement program here.

The student commencement speaker is senior class representative Jorge Cisneros-Hernandez. While at Mines, Cisneros-Hernandez served as president and design lead for the VEX U Robotics team, and as a member of the education division of the Professional Development Institute. He has worked as the senior assistant area coordinator in residence life and as a student employee in the mechanical engineering department. He also interned at Caterpillar, Inc., in Rapid City. Following his graduation with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, Cisneros-Hernandez will work for Blattner Energy based out of Avon, Minn. Cisneros-Hernandez came to South Dakota Mines after graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School in Council Bluffs, Iowa. 

Details on the South Dakota Mines spring commencement planned for Saturday, May 8, 2021, will be announced as they are made available.


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 2,475 students with an average class size of 24. The South Dakota Mines placement rate for graduates is 97 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $66,150. For these reasons College Factual ranks South Dakota Mines, the #1 Engineering School for Return on Investment. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on FacebookTwitter, LinkedInInstagram and Snapchat.

Contact: Mike Ray, 605-394-6082, mike.ray@sdsmt.edu