Chadron State College is holding its first in-person commencement exercises today since December 2019, with COVID-19 protocols leading to virtual events the past two semesters.
Lingering pandemic rules have changed up the graduation schedule with both the ceremonies for graduate and bachelor’s degrees now in the Chicoine Center and at new times.
The graduate degree ceremony is at 9:00 instead of 8:00 while the undergraduate commencement moves from the morning to 1:00.
All guests must have a ticket and all participants and attendees must follow COVID-19 guidelines. Public seating is available at Beebe Stadium with graduation broadcast on the videoboard. Both ceremonies will also be streamed at CSC Live.
The master’s degree ceremonies include 81 students who’ve completed their degrees since September and 14 who completed their degrees last year and wanted to take part in an in-person ceremony.
Addressing the graduates will be CSC Business Professor Dr Rick Koza, who is retiring this year. Savanah Silbaugh and Andrew Johnson, both receiving degrees, will deliver the opening and closing moments of reflection, respectively.
Bachelor’s degrees will be given out to 197 students from this academic year and 24 from last year. The speaker is Dr Merlin Butler, Director of Clinical Research and Genetics and the University of Kansas Medical Center.
The undergraduate ceremony’s opening moment of reflection will be given by Emily Hansen of Hemingford with Army ROTC cadet Konnery Klueber of Rapid City offering the closing moment of reflection.
Klueber, the son of Ed and Mary Klueber, is one of 4 ROTC Cadets who will receive their commissions during the ceremony. Klueberwill be assigned to the South Dakota Army National Guard in Military Intelligence.
Calvin DePriest is the son of Jesse and Katie DePriest and his assignment will be Active Duty/Field Artillery.
Kalli Talbot is the daughter of Holly Smith and Shane Talbot and will be assigned to the South Dakota Army National Guard in Military Police.
Colin Alexander is the son of Lawanda Alexander, John Alexander, and Melissa Alexander, and will be assigned to the Nebraska Army National Guard’s Aviation division. .