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38th Winter Commencement Ceremony is Dec 14 at USD

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Sen. Corey Brown of Gettysburg, S.D. will provide the keynote address as the University of South Dakota confers degrees to more than 580 candidates at the 38th Winter Commencement Ceremony at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the DakotaDome.

Brown, a member of the South Dakota Senate since 2008, is serving his third term as the president pro tem of the Senate where he represents the counties of Campbell, Edmunds, Faulk, Hand, McPherson, Potter, Spink and Walworth. Brown has also served as chairman of the appropriations committee and assistant majority leader.

Following more than a decade of military service in the United States Navy, Brown returned to Gettysburg with his wife, Karen, and their four children: Reagan, Harrison, Madison and Kennedy. While in the Navy, Brown logged more than 2,500 hours of aircraft commander and instructor pilot time. He completed three deployments to the Middle East, two of which were in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and he has flown both the S-3B Viking and the E-6B Mercury during his military career. Brown was awarded two Air Medals and two Navy/Marine Corp Commendation Medals for his outstanding service, which includes 318 carrier landings during two deployments aboard the USS Constellation.

Following his service in the military, Brown took on the role of executive director of the Gettysburg/Whitlock Bay Development Corporation where he assists new and expanding businesses in the region. He is currently an agent for the family’s insurance business. A University of Notre Dame graduate with a degree in government and international relations, Brown received a Master of Arts degree in international relations at the University of San Diego.

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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 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson 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 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News