DSU Spring Commencement Saturday to feature Dr. Richard Hanson

Dakota State University will hold its Spring Commencement ceremony on Saturday morning at the DSU Fieldhouse.  The ceremony will start at 10:30 Saturday morning, with a Hooding Ceremony for graduate students taking place at 9:00 a.m. at the Dakota Prairie Playhouse.  

The 378 students who will graduate this Saturday are receiving Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D. degrees, as well as certificates. Mariel Klosterman, a Network & Security Administration student from Brandon, will speak on behalf of the graduates.

Dr. Richard Hanson is the featured commencement speaker.  His remarks are titled “Immunity to Change: If you want to change the world, start singing when you are up to your neck in mud.”  Hanson began his career as a professor of Child Development and Family Science. After 20 years in that role, he moved on to administration, serving 11 years as President or Interim President at four universities.  He has also been Vice President for Academic Affairs at Augustana University, Interim Provost at DSU, as well as Dean of The Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences at DSU.

Also on Saturday, Alumnus Tom Nielsen, the Associate Director of Alumni and External Engagement, will induct the new graduates into the Alumni Association. 

DSU Voices will provide musical selections under the direction of DSU Music Programs Director Sandy Champion. Students in this spring’s Songwriter Studio Class have written an original song for the ceremony, titled “The World is a Big Place.”

Limited tickets are available and required for general admission bleacher seating for guests; overflow seating is available in the Dakota Prairie Playhouse. For those unable to attend in person, the hooding ceremony will be livestreamed here, https://youtu.be/VX5cea33TVM; commencement will be livestreamed here https://youtu.be/cJMjh-0ybm8 More information is available on the DSU website, dsu.edu.





May 4, 2022