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Rep. Johnson Speaker at WDTC's 54th Commencement Ceremony

Additional Events Include Native American Honoring, Law Enforcement Pinning, & Nurse Pinning Ceremonies

Western Dakota Technical College
 is hosting several celebrations this week to honor its more than 370 graduates. Events include the college's 54th Commencement Ceremony, a Native American Honoring Ceremony, a Law Enforcement Pinning Ceremony, and a Nurse Pinning Ceremony. 

This year's Commencement Address will be provided by U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson, (R-SD). 

Events this week are as follows:

Friday, May 13

  • Native American Honoring Ceremony - 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Western Dakota Technical College Event Center, 800 Mickelson Dr.

Saturday, May 14   

  • Law Enforcement Pinning Ceremony - 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Rapid City Central High School Theatre, 433 Mt. Rushmore Rd.
  • Commencement Ceremony - 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., The Monument Ice Arena,  444 Mt. Rushmore Rd. The Commencement Speaker is U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson, (R-SD). The Distinguished Service Award will be presented to Gloria Pluimer, Director of Education & Workforce Development, Black Hills Special Services Cooperative. Dani Hersrud, Western Dakota Technical College Surgical Technology Instructor, will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award.
  • Nurse Pinning Ceremony - noon to 1 p.m. - Rapid City Central High School Theatre, 433 Mt. Rushmore Rd. 
About Western Dakota Technical College

Western Dakota Technical College (WDTC) was established in 1968 and is the only technical college serving the western South Dakota region. 

WDTC offers programs in a variety of fields, including Business and Computers, Construction and Manufacturing, Energy and Environmental Technologies, Health Sciences, Legal and Public Services, and Transportation Technologies. 

Ninety-eight percent of Western Dakota Tech's most recent graduates are working, continuing their education, or are enlisted in the military. [*Placement information is derived from graduate surveys, faculty-collected data, placement surveys started six months after graduation, and the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation. Overall placement rate is figured by: (responding graduates employed, continuing education, or in military service)/(responding graduates who are seeking employment). The number of program graduates are unduplicated by CIP code.]

Western Dakota Technical College faculty, staff, and administration focus their efforts on helping students gain the skills and experiences they need to succeed. Through hands-on learning, internships, and industry partnerships, Western Dakota Tech students graduate ready to make a real and immediate contribution to their employers and to their communities.

For information about WDTC, call (800) 544-8765 or (605) 718-2565 or send an email to Visit us on the web at

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