Honorary marshals for the ceremony are David Hilderbrand, former dean of Graduate School, Research and Sponsored Programs and professor of chemistry emeritus, and Mary Perpich, associate professor emerita of journalism and mass communication.
F. O. Butler Awards, established to recognize those faculty and staff whose performance is truly exceptional, will be awarded to Dr. Timothy J. Nichols, assistant professor of rural sociology, assistant to the dean and assistant director of academic programs in the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences, for excellence in service; Anne Fennell, professor of horticulture, forestry, landscape and parks, for excellence in research; Kasiviswanathan Muthukumarappan, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, for excellence in research; and Marie-Pierre Caquot Baggett, associate professor of modern languages, for excellence in teaching.
Mary Kathryn Wagner will be posthumously recognized with the honorary degree of doctor of public service. Wagner's life was defined by education. Throughout her life her published articles were directed at improving the quality of life for students and workers. She was a professor and state legislator as well as administrator with the South Dakota Humanities Council. She was the wife of former SDSU president Dr. Robert T. Wagner.
Dr. Steve R. Marquardt, retiring dean of Libraries, will deliver the graduation address titled "Rights, Privileges, and Responsibilities Pertaining Thereto."
The conferring of degrees and presentation of diplomas will be conducted by SDSU President Peggy Gordon Miller and the college deans. Also taking part in the program are Carol J. Peterson, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs; Lt. Col. Craig Bond of Air Force ROTC; Terry Nelson, Alumni Association president; Dean Krogman of the South Dakota Board of Regents; Kevin Kephart, dean of the Graduate School; and Joel Hefling, chair of the Academic Senate.
Graduates from Vermillion included: Daniel Lee Nelson, BS in Agriculture and Biological Sciences; JoyAnna L. Oakland, BS in Arts and Science; Melissa Kay Jensen, BS in Family and Consumer Sciences; Megan Elizabeth Kruse, BS in Nursing; and Elizabeth Marie Pier, BS in Nursing.