Fall graduating class of 2019: School of Mines
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology honored its fall graduating class Saturday afternoon and celebrated its 180th commencement.
They honored Doctoral, Master’s, and Bachelor’s degrees.
The ceremony consisted of several awards, honorees, a posthumous degree presentation, and of course speakers.
The posthumous Bachelor of Science degree was awarded to the family of Torger Henckel. Henckel was a mining engineering student who passed away while hiking in September of this year. He had a job lined up post-graduation and was very involved at the School of Mines.
The commencement speaker at graduation this year was Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier, the Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.He serves as President Trump’s science advisor and helps coordinate science and technology initiatives across the federal government.
“You’re really fortunate graduates, to be graduating at this time. There’s never been a better time in the history of the United States, the history of the world, or a better place than right here in America,” said Dr. Droegemeier.
Along with that, five alumni received distinguished alumni awards for their accomplishments, and a South Dakota artist received an honorary Ph.D.
Artist Dale Claude Lamphere was the artist awarded. He was recognized for his sculptures displayed all over the country and his work throughout nearly 50 years in the field.
Students that graduate from mines earn an average starting salary of about $60,000 yearly or higher.