BHSU students finally get their walk down the aisle

SPEARFISH, S.D. — The pandemic has placed a hold on many celebrations, including graduation. It’s been a bit of a wait to walk down the aisle and retrieve a well-earned diploma for some Black Hills State University students.

Soon-to-be December BHSU graduates and students who completed their curriculum last May, were finally able to take part in a graduation procession, but not without COVID implemented measures.

On Saturday, BHSU hosted three ceremonies at three different times for three different academic programs on school grounds. In all, some 180 students took part in the three ceremonies.

The biggest ceremony of the day accommodated roughly 72 graduates. Organizers say planning simultaneous graduation ceremonies was a tall task, but commend the students for rolling with the punches.

“The students have been resilient. They’ve shown that they can be adaptable and flexible with our change in this environment and we think that those are life lessons to add to their degree,” said BHSU’s Provost and VP of Academic Affairs, Priscilla Romkema.”

Romkema credits the continued success of BHSU during these challenging times to the leadership of president Laurie Nichols, faculty and administrative staff calling it a collaborative linking of arms. She says a mask mandate has played a vital role in keeping academic continuity.

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