USD names summer graduation candidates University of South Dakota President James W. Abbott and Regent James O. Hansen of Pierre conferred degrees to 335 candidates Aug. 3 at The University of South Dakota's 71st Summer Commencement.
USD Professor Emeritus Jan Ebersdorfer of Mitchell encouraged graduates to be grateful to USD and to the state of South Dakota for providing the opportunity to reach and achieving their goals in her speech titled, "Vision-Challenge-Tradition."
Jay M. Newberger, director of court services for the South Dakota Unified Judicial System in Pierre, received an honorary doctor of public service degree. Jim Clement of Omaha, NE, spoke on behalf of the USD Alumni Association. Emeriti Professors Allen Johnson, Joan England and Corinne Milburn served as honorary marshals.
Area graduates and their degrees included:
Meckling � Karilee Rose Lieberman, associate of science.
Vermillion � Bradley Heath Anderson, master of music; Jennifer L. Becker, bachelor of arts; Danielle Rose Brady, master of arts; Troy James Crichton, bachelor of science in business administration; Kathleen A. Geise, master of arts; Mark Stephen Heine, bachelor of science; Ryan C. Holoch, master of business administration; David Walter Kitzler, bachelor of fine arts; Michele Roberts Larson, bachelor of science; Nestor O. Lora, master of arts; Lance L. Luitjens, master of arts; Julie Blythe McCahren, master of arts; Carrie Nassif, master of arts; Xi Rao, bachelor of science; Susan Marie Jones Schnack, bachelor of science in education; Lisa L. Sorensen, master of science; Jeffrey John Traill, master of public administration; Richard D. Van Den Hul, master of business administration.
Wakonda � Kathy Ann Davis, bachelor of science; Gayle Louise Johnson, master of arts.