Engstrom to Deliver Commencement Address

Photo of Royce Engstrom in front of backdrop. Royce Engstrom will deliver the commencement address at the University of South Dakota Saturday, May 6.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Royce Engstrom, former president of the University of Montana and longtime University of South Dakota faculty member, will deliver the commencement address as part of the 130th Commencement Exercises of the University of South Dakota beginning at 9:30 a.m. next Saturday, May 6.

Royce served as University of Montana president for six years and provost for three. Previously, he was a member of the USD community for 28 years, holding positions as a faculty member and chair in the Department of Chemistry, vice president for research, dean of the graduate school and provost. During his tenure, he was known for his staunch advocacy of student engagement, interdisciplinary learning and research growth.

Royce has been actively involved in the national agenda for higher education serving in leadership roles on the Council on Undergraduate Research, the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

Royce is married to Mary Engstrom, who holds a doctorate from USD and who also served as a faculty member. They have two children.


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.


Michael Ewald
USD News