USD grads reminded of endings, beginnings Aug. 1 During 2002 summer commencement held at The University of South Dakota, former Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Charles N. Kaufman used the Roman god Janus to remind summer graduates that they would experience both endings and beginnings when they received their degrees.
"Janus was the keeper of the gates whose image looked both backward and forward," explained Kaufman in his speech titled "Janus: Perennial Campus Visitor." Kaufman also told the audience that their freedoms and rights are the benefits of an enlightened society.
"It is our fond wish that as you leave USD, you take these values with you," he told graduates. "The future is in the individual."
Distinguished USD alumnus and South Dakota native Al Neuharth of the Freedom Forum introduced the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Humane
Letters degree, Ruth Ziolkowski of the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation. Of Ziolkowski, whom he has known for over 50 years, Neuharth said in his introduction, "It's a great privilege for me ? to recognize her extraordinary vision, her unwavering commitment to a dream, a promise and an achievement that will educate and inspire generations of all races for centuries to come."
USD Acting President Donald C. Dahlin and Regent Jack G. Rentschler conferred degrees upon the candidates. Music for the ceremony was provided by organist Dr. Larry B. Schou and vocalist Erin Conlon. Bob Sutton of Sioux Falls spoke on behalf of alumni. Leon Korte and Barbara Yutrzenka served as lead marshals. Emeriti professors serving as honorary marshals were Orla Christensen, Joan England, and M. Robert Stoner.
Other faculty marshals were
Marlys Boschee, Kurt Hackemer, Joy Karges, Werner Kitzler, Solveig Korte, Curt Olson and Jerry Yutrzenka.