Degrees to be conferred at USD's 33rd Winter Commencement

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Charles E. “Chuck” Trimble will be honored during Winter Commencement at The University of South Dakota on Saturday, Dec. 13. Trimble will deliver the keynote address to more than 450 candidates receiving degrees at the 33rd Winter Commencement ceremony, which begins at 10 a.m. inside the DakotaDome at The U. He will also be presented with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in recognition of his distinguished public service.

A member of the Oglala Lakota Tribe, Trimble grew up in the village of Wanblee on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. After graduating from Red Cloud Indian School, Trimble earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from USD. Following college, Trimble founded the American Indian Press Association, forerunner of the Native American Journalists Association, in 1970. From 1972 through 1978, Trimble was executive director of the National Congress of American Indians – an organization in Washington, D.C. representing the vast majority of tribes in the United States. Additionally, he founded and served as president of the Charles Trimble Company and the Red Willow Institute, organizations dedicated to fostering economic development on Indian reservations and providing technical and management assistance to Native American nonprofit organizations. He is retired and lives in Omaha, Neb.

A recipient of the USD Alumni Achievement Award, Trimble was recognized by USD in 2003 for donating his personal library to the University in response to the partnership that The U developed with Sitting Bull College of Fort Yates, N.D. to enhance Native American college-level entrepreneurship curriculum. A photograph of Trimble is available for download at

The candidates for degrees, listed in alphabetical order by state, can be viewed online at