Apr 29, 2010

USD Law School, Med School to honor graduates on May 7

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota will honor graduates from the USD School of Law and the Sanford School of Medicine with ceremonies on Friday, May 7.
The 2010 School of Law Hooding Ceremony is at 5:30 p.m. in the ballroom of USD’s Muenster University Center. South Dakota Supreme Court Justice Glen Severson, a graduate of the USD School of Law, will provide the keynote address. Severson was appointed to the state’s highest court in February 2009 by Gov. Mike Rounds. Prior to being appointed to the state’s highest court, Severson was presiding judge for South Dakota’s 2nd Circuit Court. A former Huron, S.D., City Attorney, Severson received his bachelor’s degree from USD in 1972 and his juris doctor from The U in 1975. A member of the American Bar Association, the South Dakota Bar Association and the Second Circuit Bar Association, Severson was a member of the Fingerson and Severson Law Firm from 1983 to 1992 before his appointment to the 2nd Circuit Court.

Dr. Constance Haan, M.D., a 1983 USD School of Medicine graduate, will deliver the keynote address at the Sanford School of Medicine Graduation Convocation as the Sanford School of Medicine honors 50 graduates at a 5:30 p.m. ceremony at the International Room at the Holiday Inn City Centre in Sioux Falls. Dr. Haan attended a one-room schoolhouse in Lennox, S.D., and she has become one of the few female cardiothoracic surgeons in the world. She also serves as senior associate dean of educational affairs for the University of Florida College of Medicine in Jacksonville as well as an associate professor of surgery.  She is the author of “Living on Purpose: A Surgeon’s Story.  Following the convocation, the School of Medicine Alumni Banquet will be at the Holiday Inn City Centre honoring classes from 1960, 1985 and 2005.

About The School of Law

The University of South Dakota School of Law provides a high-quality legal education that prepares students for leadership in the administration of justice in South Dakota and for success in private practice, public service, business and other law-related endeavors anywhere. For more information about The University of South Dakota School of Law contact Associate Dean Tom Sorensen at Tom.Sorensen@usd.edu or (605) 677-5393.

About the Sanford School of Medicine

For more than a century, the Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota has set the standard for medical education of students, residents and professionals in the state. The school’s mission includes education, research and service. It emphasizes family practice to help create the next generation of doctor’s for all parts of the state. The school’s economic impact includes attracting $17 million annually in research funding as well as hosting two of the four 2010 Research Centers designated by the governor.

About The University of South Dakota
Founded in 1862, The University of South Dakota is designated as the only public liberal arts university in the state and is home to a comprehensive College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, the state's only School of Law, School of Medicine, the accredited Beacom School of Business and the College of Fine Arts. USD has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students taught by more than 400 faculty members. More information is available at www.usd.edu/press/news.

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Peter Carrels
The University of South Dakota
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