Western Dakota Technical college graduates over 300 students in Class of ’22

RAPID CITY, S.D. — It was a special graduation day for students at Western Dakota Technical College that received their degrees and certificates on Saturday.

The commencement for the Class of ’22 was held at the Monument Ice Arena with Congressman Dusty Johnson being the keynote speaker.

Other highlights included a pinning ceremony for 12 students of the law enforcement program and 50 nursing students moving on to their chosen path.

WDT President Ann Bolman says these graduates are a prime example of what the school tries to produce.

“These are folks who are going to go back into our communities and really help us in our community stay, keep our things working, keep building our communities and just helping to keep us safe,” Dr. Bolman said. “So we’ve got some real outstanding folks who are going out there into the field.”

Doctor Bolman points out that many of the new graduates already have jobs.

One of them is Monica Sherman of Sioux Falls, who now has a degree in Computer Aided Design and will return home to work for a company there.

Sherman says she’s thankful for her WDT experience.

“It doesn’t feel real, but yet I’m so excited and I’m so grateful to everybody who’s helped me along the way, including my family and like I said, all the teachers and stuff. It’s been a great experience,” Sherman said.

Of the roughly 370 students, 35 graduated with multiple degrees.

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