USD Marks 128th Spring Commencement With Keynote Speaker Tom Gallagher, Co-Chair of Onward Campaign

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VERMILLION, S.D. – Tom Gallagher, international financial and policy advisor, will present the keynote address at the 128th Spring Commencement, Saturday, May 9, at the University of South Dakota, where he will receive an honorary degree as Doctor of Humane Letters.

USD will confer degrees upon 1,400 candidates at this year’s commencement, which begins at 9:30 a.m. in the DakotaDome.

Gallagher is a 1976 graduate of USD who received a master’s of public policy from Harvard University in 1978. He went on to serve in the Congressional Research Service and became an aide to Sen. George Mitchell, D-Maine, an economist for the Senate Budget Committee and senior advisor to the U.S. International Trade Commission.

Gallagher had an exceptional career on Wall Street working for top financial firms before joining the Skowcroft Group of international business advisors as well as the International Strategy and Investment Group. He was a frequent guest on the PBS program “Wall Street Week” and was honored for his Washington expertise.

Gallagher and his wife Nancy are co-chairs of USD’s Onward Campaign, raising $250 million for future investment in the people and facilities at USD.

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Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Michael Ewald
USD News