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Release Date Monday, May 4, 2020

South Dakota Mines Goes Virtual for Spring 2020 Commencement

The South Dakota Mines virtual commencement for Spring 2020 features a unique retro video game theme, fitting for many STEM majors, that intends to have a little fun while recognizing graduates.


The Class of 2020 at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology 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 South Dakota Mines commencement committee have planned a virtual commencement video that will premiere on the university’s commencement webpage at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 9. Spring 2020 graduates are also invited to join any future commencement ceremony to receive their degree in person.

“The Class of 2020 deserves high praise for finishing their degrees in these difficult circumstances. These engineers and scientists represent the very best of us all. They have overcome unique challenges to attain success. They are the problem solvers of tomorrow, and their achievements are a great reminder that there is a bright future ahead,” says South Dakota Mines President Jim Rankin, Ph.D., P.E.

The virtual commencement features a unique retro video game theme, fitting for many STEM majors, that intends to have a little fun while recognizing graduates. A teaser previewing the full commencement video is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wMSO0Mh6J4.

“We all wanted to do something both heartfelt and fun. Something that acknowledges the challenge of the pandemic, but does not dwell on it. Something that celebrates the achievements of our Hardrocker students and acknowledges our collective essential nerdiness. Hopefully this will bring a smile to the face of our graduates and give them a commencement that is both unique and memorable,” says Travis Kowalski, Ph.D., interim head of the mathematics department and chair of the commencement committee.

During the spring commencement, 357 graduates were honored. 

The fall 2020 commencement is planned as an in-person event at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Theatre at 9 a.m. on Saturday, December 19.



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 97 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $68,685. 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: Mike Ray , 605-394-6082, charles.ray@sdsmt.edu

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