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04 Broadcaster Press December 23, 2014 www.broadcasteronline.com A Special Day for USD By Thomas Hatzenbuhler For the Plain Talk The 39th USD Winter Commencement honors more than 500 graduates A sea of graduates, garbed in both red and black–those completing bachelor’s degrees and master’s or doctorate degrees, respectively– along with the friends and family members thereof filled the Dakota Dome this Saturday for the 39th USD Winter Commencement Exercises. More than 500 graduates were conferred degrees by USD at this year’s winter session commencement exercises, marking the ever-important transition between one’s status as a student and the next step in the graduate’s life. “I’m pretty excited [to graduate],” said Emily Theisen, who received a master of science degree in occupational therapy. “It has been a long journey getting here. I’ve become really close with all my classmates, and I’m really looking forward to what tomorrow brings.” Still, others contemplate a continuation of their educational career even on their day of matriculation. “I am considering enrolling in law school in the fall,” explained Robert Barron, who received a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice. “I have already been working full-time, so I may just continue working if I don’t get into law school. Today is a big step for me, and I am excited to graduate.” The 2014 winter graduates also received advice and words of encouragement from this year’s commencement speaker, South Dakota State Senator Deb Peters. Peters, who works out of District 9, is a 1997 USD graduate, who said she felt no nerves before speaking to the students. She spoke of how honored she was to give the speech, one so many HEINE Electric and Irrigation Hartington, NE (402) 254-2568 Vermillion, SD (605) 670-9567 ALL TYPES OF DIRT WORK. 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CHURCH THOMAS HATZENBUHLER / FOR THE PLAIN TALK notable figures also had done in the past. “Today I am humbled,” Peters said. “…humbled that I have the opportunity to speak to you, the class of 2014. At one point, the person who had this privilege spoke to Al Neuharth, who went on to establish the largest circulated newspaper in the country. Another commencement speaker spoke to one of the greatest icons in the history of journalism, Tom Brokaw. “Two others spoke to United States Senators Tim Johnson and John Thune and yet others spoke to our SD Supreme Court Justices. 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