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Graduation Honoring Ceremony

American Indian/Alaska Native graduates, congratulations on the successful completion of your academic journey at South Dakota State University (SDSU)! The American Indian Education and Cultural Center (AISC) wishes to honor and commemorate this special distinction by inviting you to participate in the AISC Graduation Honoring Ceremony. This two-hour celebration is annually hosted on the Friday prior to SDSU's spring commencement ceremony and serves as a venue for you and your family to delight in your capacity to achieve.

All self-identified American Indian/Alaska Native students are eligible to participate, provided that they meet the graduation requirements set forth by the University. Your request to participate will be cross-referenced with the Records and Registration office to verify degree fulfillment. Fall and spring semester graduates are encouraged to participate in the AISC Graduation Honoring Ceremony. Summer graduates must be within 6 credit hours of graduation and may be asked to submit a letter of support from your Academic Advisor.

Program Schedule:

  • Invited Keynote Speaker
  • Graduate Recognition
    • Star Quilt
    • Traditional Honor Song
  • Light refreshments

The graduation honoring ceremony is held in Lewis and Clark room 262, located on the second floor of the SDSU Student Union.

Graduation Honoring Ceremony participants are required to submit the following documents in an effort to appropriately plan and budget for this event:

  1. Thank you card for the star quilt donors
  2. Guest List

Two weeks prior to the Graduation Honoring Ceremony, each participant must schedule an appointment to meet with the AISC staff to review program logistics such as, but not limited to:

  • Arrival - 30 minutes prior to start of event
  • Attire - business casual or traditional regalia
  • Photography - images taken at the Graduation Honoring Ceremony will be used in AISC promotional material