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Western Dakota Tech's 49th Commencement Ceremony Set for May 13

RAPID CITY, SD - Western Dakota Tech's 49th Commencement Ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 13, in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center's Barnett Arena. 

Approximately 317 students will receive Diplomas or Associate of Applied Science Degrees. 

U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD), will provide the commencement address. 

Rapid City Area Schools Board Member, and former Rapid City Mayor, Ed McLaughlin will receive the Distinguished Service award.
The Distinguished Alumni Award will be presented to John Phelps, Business Management and Marketing graduate (2012). Phelps is an Inside Sales Representative for Peoria Chiefs Community Baseball, LLC., in Peoria, Ill. The Chiefs are the Class A Affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals Major League Baseball team.

About Western Dakota Tech

Western Dakota Tech was established in 1968 and is the only technical college that serves 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 86 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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