Commencement Speakers

Spring Commencement Speakers

  • 2014 - Mr. David Bockorny, Chairman/CEO of Bockorny Group, Inc.
  • 2013 - Regent Bob Sutton
  • 2012 -  None
  • 2011 - Governor Dennis Daugaard
  • 2010 - Mr. Kendall Stork, President/CEO of Citibank (South Dakota), N.A.
  • 2009 - U.S. Representative Stephanie Herseth Sandlin
  • 2008 - Governor M. Michael Rounds
  • 2007 - None
  • 2006 - Senator Tim Johnson
  • 2005 - Gary Hanson - Public Utilities Commissioner and former mayor of Sioux Falls
  • 2004 - Dr. Doug Knowlton - President
  • 2003 - Terry Ryan - VP/Dean for Student Affairs
  • 2002 - Mark Conway - Academic Programs Director for PeopleSoft, Inc.
  • 2001 - Congressman John Thune
  • 2000 - LeRoy Thomas - Class of 69
  • 1999 - Governor William J. Janklow
  • 1998 - David J. Robino - Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Gateway
  • 1997 - David H. Dedrick - KELO TV Personality, retired
  • 1996 - Melanie Palmquist Stopfer - Educational Consultant with IBM, Dallas, TX (former faculty member and DSU alum)
  • 1995 - Dr. Robert T. Tad Perry - Executive Director of SD Board of Regents
  • 1994 - Alumni from classes of 1988-90 (in recognition of 10 yr anniversary of mission change):
    Cory Burma - College of Nat. Sci. ('89), David Christensen - College of BIS ('88), Carol Ersland - School of Ed. ('90), Christopher Giles - College of Lib. Arts ('89)
  • 1993 - Dr. Carleton Opgaard - former president of DSU and retired as president of Tacoma Community College (WA)
  • 1992 - Ms. Martha Reed - Personnel, Citibank
  • 1991 - Dr. Dean Hubbard - President, Northwest Missouri State Univ. (chair of North Central team reviewing DSU Fall 1990)
  • 1990 - Dr. Howell Todd - Executive Director, SD Board of Regents
  • 1989 - Mr. Robert Karolevitz - professional writer/historian
  • 1988 - Dr. Harvey Long - Education/Industry Consultant for IBM
  • 1987 - Mr. Tom Daschle - US Senator for SD
  • 1986 - Dr. Richard McCrossen - President of Citibank (SD), Recipient of DSU Honorary Doctorate
  • 1985 - Dr. Richard J. Gowen - DSU President
  • 1984 - Mr. Larry Pressler - US Senator for SD
  • 1983 - Mr. Robert L. McCaughey - Businessman and Director of Mundt Foundation
  • 1982 - Mr. Fredric R. Cozad - Attorney and SD Regent
  • 1981 - Dr. Carleton M. Opgaard - DSU President (DSU Centennial Year)
  • 1980 - Dr. Carleton M. Opgaard - DSU President
  • 1979 - Justice Francis G. Dunn - Chief Justice, SD State Supreme Court
  • 1978 - Dr. Carroll Krause - Provost
  • 1977 - Mr. James Abdnor - US Representative from SD
  • 1976 - Dr. Harry P. Bowes - DSU President
  • 1975 - Governor Richard Kneip
  • 1974 - Ms. Ruth Mondschein
  • 1973 - Mr. Harold LeVander - former Governor of Minnesota
  • 1972 - Mr. Anson Yeager - Editor of Sioux Falls Argus Leader
  • 1968 - Dr. Dale Hanke, Dean at DSC

Fall Commencement Speakers

  • 2013 - Ms. Deb Bowman 
  • 2012 - Dr. Melody Schopp, Secretary of SD Department of Education
  • 2011 - Russell Olson, Manager of Community and Economic Development for Heartland Consumer Power District / State Senator, Dist 08
  • 2010 - Mike McDowell, General Manager of Heartland Consumers Power District
  • 2009 - Dr. Jack R. Warner - Executive Director of SD Board of Regents
  • 2008 - Wade Pogany - Director of Curriculum and Instruction, SD Dept. of Education
  • 2007 - Justice Judith Meierhenry - SD Supreme Court Justice
  • 2006 - Dr. Tad Perry - Executive Director of SD Board of Regents
  • 2005 - None (two students on behalf of grads)
  • 2004 - Dr. Eric Johnson Dean - College of Arts & Sciences (retired June 2005)
  • 2003 - David Gienapp - Circuit Court Judge, former Regent
  • 2002 - Tim Eddy - VP of Technology, Citibank
  • 2001 - Jon M. Hunter Publisher - Madison Daily Leader
  • 2000 - Dr. Jay Trenhaile - Dakota State University Alumni President
  • 1999 - Dale Kringen - DSU Foundation President
  • 1998 - Mr. James Swanson Associate - Professor of English (retired May 1999)
  • 1997 - Mr. Alexander "Sandy" Davidson - Associate Professor Emeritus

Last Updated: 6/30/14