453 students will graduate Friday, May 11, from Mitchell Technical Institute. Included in the class will be the first-ever graduates from the Electrical Utilities and Substation Technology, Precision Technology, Industrial Maintenance Technology, and Speech Language Pathology Assisting programs and first-ever diplomas granted to full-time online students in Office Technology Specialist.
Students in several programs will be graduating as part of the first class to complete their AAS degrees after starting at outreach sites in Huron and Yankton.
The school will award 338 Associate of Applied Science degrees; 12 two-year diplomas; and 103 one-year diplomas.
Graduates come from 126 communities in South Dakota. 48 Class of 2012 graduates come from 11 states other than South Dakota: California, Colorado, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
This year's graduation speaker is Dusty Johnson, Chief of Staff to Gov. Dennis Daugaard. The invocation and benediction will be give by Reece Yeadon, a student in the Wind Turbine Technology program.