USD ROTC Commissions Two Officers in December Ceremony

Photo of Officer Commissioning Left to Right: Roy Crance, Ann Crance, Luke Crance and Jackie Ortmeier-Crance. Luke Crance is having his first rank pinned on by his family.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Two ROTC cadets were commissioned as U.S. Army second lieutenants during winter commencement at the University of South Dakota.

2nd Lt. Luke Crance of Timber Lake, South Dakota, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He will start his career as a physician’s assistant student at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in the Mayo-Gunderson Physician Assistant Program. He will drill with his South Dakota Army National Guard unit out of Sioux Falls one weekend a month, two weeks a year.

2nd Lt. Alexander Schnell of Vale, South Dakota, received a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He will start his career at USD as a Gold Bar Recruiter. He will then transition to Ft. Lee, Virginia, to complete the Ordnance Basic Officer Leader’s Course and to learn his permanent duty station.

Army ROTC offers scholarships and stipends for students seeking a college degree while receiving leadership and military training. According to the Army, more than 20,000 men and women are currently enrolled in ROTC at 1,100 schools across the country.


USD's College of Arts & Sciences offers students a top-notch undergraduate liberal arts education in the humanities, social sciences and sciences as well as graduate programs that have earned USD distinction as a research university by the Carnegie Foundation. The college's more than 22,000 alumni include famous journalists, Hollywood screenwriters, novelists, a Nobel Prize winner, South Dakota governors, attorneys, physicians, justices of the state Supreme Court, distinguished university faculty and international humanitarians.


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.