Crippen to address USD commencement Former Director of the Congressional Budget Office, Dan Crippen will address the spring commencement exercises at The University of South Dakota on May 10.
The address, titled "Trust ? and the Quality of Life," will be delivered at the DakotaDome in Vermillion starting at 9:30 a.m.
Approximately 930 students are candidates for degrees that will be conferred by President James W. Abbott and Regent Shane C. Penfield. USD Professor of Music Larry Schou will be the organist, playing Pomp and Circumstance and other selections.
Professors Judith Sebesta and Harry Freeman will be awarded the 2002 Belbas-Larson Awards for Excellence in Teaching during the ceremony.
An alumnus of USD, Crippen served as director of the Congressional Budget Office from his appointment in early 1999 until January of this year. On Jan. 9, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution commending Crippen "for his service to Congress and the Nation."
He graduated from USD with a bachelor's degree in political science in 1974 and received an alumni leadership award last year.
Crippen served as chief counsel and economic policy advisor to the Senate Majority Leader from 1981 to 1985, working on major tax and budget bills as well as other legislation. From 1987 to 1989, Crippen served as an advisor to President Ronald Reagan on all issues relating to domestic policy, including the preparation and presentation of the federal budget. He has also provided service to several national commissions.
Prior to his time at CBO, Crippen was a principal with Washington Counsel, a law and consulting firm. He has also served as executive director of the Merrill Lynch International Advisory Council and as senior vice president of the Duberstein Group.