Mitchell Technical Institute observed a milestone during its 2012 commencement in May. Graduate number 15,000 since the school opened in 1968 was awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree. Kyle Uttecht, Heating and Cooling Technology, was honored as the 15,000th graduate with a brief observance during the 90-minute graduation ceremony. He was presented a specially embroidered jacket by MTI president Greg Von Wald. Uttecht, from Huron, graduated wtih high honors. He has already taken a job as a service technician in Huron with Curt's Heating and Cooling. Uttecht, a non-traditional students, was also one of the first MTI graduates who began his education at an outreach site in Huron, before coming to Mitchell to complete his degree.