Student Candidate for
Degree from School of Mines Kevin Mayer from Vermillion was a candidate for a degree from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology during commencement ceremonies held Dec. 20, 2008 in Rapid City. He received a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. More than 100 students were candidates for degrees during the university's 158th commencement. The School of Mines is an engineering and science university located in Rapid City. Rear Admiral William F. Pearson, 1964 civil engineering graduate and former assistant surgeon general, delivered the commencement address and was awarded an honorary doctorate of public service. Jason Fields, a mechanical engineering student from Mobridge, gave the senior class message. The School of Mines also awarded five Distinguished Alumni Awards to graduates who have made tremendous contributions to their professions and their communities.