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Fifty-First Commencement Celebrations Set for 2019 WDT Graduates

Western Dakota Tech is hosting several events this week to honor graduates during the college's 51st anniversary. The events will include a Practical Nursing Pinning Ceremony, an Eagle Feather Ceremony for Native American graduates, and Commencement.

Event details are as follows:

  • Practical Nursing Pinning Ceremony - 10 a.m., Friday, May 10, Western Dakota Tech Event Center.
  • Eagle Feather Ceremony - 5 p.m., Friday, May 10, Western Dakota Tech Event Center. Speakers to include: Rev. Dr. Gerald Yellowhawk, Danny Butcher, and Whitney Rencountre II.
  • Commencement - 10 a.m., Saturday, May 11, Barnett Arena, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. The Commencement Speaker is Nancy E. Babbitt, M.D., FAAP, Co-Owner of Creekside Medical Clinic. The Distinguished Service Award will be presented to Ron Riherd, Rapid City Area Schools Board President. Shawn Gab, Owner of Tri-Tech Manufacturing and 1997 Computer-Aided Drafting: Architectural graduate, will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award.

About Western Dakota Tech
Western Dakota Tech was established in 1968 and is the only technical college serving the western South Dakota region.

Western Dakota Tech 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.

More than 96 percent of Western Dakota Tech's most recent graduates are working, continuing their education, or are enlisted in the military.

Western Dakota Tech 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 Western Dakota Tech, call (800) 544-8765 or (605) 718-2565 or send an email to Visit us on the web at

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