South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and Black Hills State University celebrated the achievements of students Saturday morning during spring commencement programs.

Over 375 Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Science, Bachelor of Science and Associate of Arts degrees were awarded at the School of Mines 173rd commencement held at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Ice Arena in Rapid City, according to the school's press release. 

Michael Black, director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and a 1986 Mines alumnus, delivered the keynote address, saying it was one of his greatest honors to speak at the commencement.

Over 390 candidates for graduation were recognized during the 171st Black Hills State University commencement ceremony held at the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center in Spearfish, according to a press release from BHSU.

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Nicholas Wallerstein, professor of English for 19 years at BHSU and the 2015 Distinguished Faculty Member, carried the University mace and delivered the Charge to the Graduates. Ida Clarke, environmental physical science major from Oglala, presented a Lakota prayer.

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