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USD Student Veterans to be recognized at 126th Spring Commencement with red, white and blue cords

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota is recognizing student veterans during the 126th Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 4 with special commemorative graduation cords. In addition to cap and gown attire, student veterans will wear a braided three color cord representing the United States flag.

“The red, white and blue cord not only serves as a token of appreciation for military service but it also serves as a symbol for this milestone in their lives,” stated Kimberly Grieve, dean of students. “USD is honored to be known as a ‘military friendly’ university and this is an appropriate new tradition for us to honor our veteran graduates in a unique way.”

Prior to spring commencement, student veterans will receive their cords at a special ceremony at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 30 at the Student Veteran Resource Center on the USD campus. Cords will be awarded by Lt. Col. Ross Nelson, a member of the Soldiers, Veterans & Dependents Committee at USD. For more information about the ceremony or the commemorative cords, please contact Jason Dean, USD Veterans Coordinator, by calling (605) 677-8833 or email


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, 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