Krebs to speak at DSU Fall Commencement Saturday

Dakota State University in Madison will be holding its Fall Commencement on Saturday.  The ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the DSU Fieldhouse.  A Hooding Ceremony for graduate students will take place at 9:00 a.m. Saturday at the Dakota Prairie Playhouse.  

The 198 students who will graduate this Saturday are receiving Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D. degrees, as well as certificates. Janessa Palmieri, a Cyber Operations major student from New Hampshire, will speak on behalf of the graduates.

Shantel Krebs will be DSU’s fall commencement speaker.  Since graduating from Dakota State in 1998, Krebs has had successful careers in many fields, and has served as a state representative, state senator, and as the 28th Secretary of State. For her contributions to the state, she was inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame in September.  Krebs is currently leading the Avera Academy, a pipeline initiative she created that encourages students to develop a passion for healthcare careers. She is also actively volunteering with the Miss America Organization, holding the role as CEO of the organization. 

DSU will also honor Sioux Falls attorney Rollyn Samp on Saturday.  Samp had a pivotal role in the path that Dakota State is on today.  In the early 1980s, Samp knew that there would be a tremendous need in the future for people proficient in computer skills. He suggested to then-Governor Bill Janklow that Dakota State’s mission be changed to focus on computer education. This 1984 mission change set the foundation for the rising special focus school DSU is today. He will be awarded the Honorary Doctor of Public Service.

For those unable to attend in person, the hooding ceremony will be livestreamed here,;  commencement will be livestreamed here  More information is available on the DSU website,



December 8, 2022