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USD ROTC Commissions 2nd Lieutenant in December Ceremony

Cadet Samuel Powell Cadet Samuel Powell will commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the S.D. National Guard during the winter ceremony Dec. 6 in Farber Hall.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Cadet Samuel Powell will commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the South Dakota National Guard during the winter ceremony Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. in Farber Hall at the University of South Dakota.

Powell will graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the USD Beacom School of Business. After graduation, he will move to Sioux Falls to find a job in business. Upon commissioning, Powell’s first assignment will be a Platoon Leader with the 155th Engineer Company in Wagner, South Dakota.

“I am excited to fill the role of a platoon leader where I will train and lead soldiers,” said Powell. “I will also continue my involvement with the USD ROTC program by assisting and mentoring our future Army leaders.”

Retired Army Officer and former professor of military science, Tom Martin from the Beacom School of Business, will be featured as the guest speaker during the commission. South Dakota State University professor of military science, LTC Steve Sewell will preside over the ceremony, as USD’s military science chair and professor Major Dan Sundberg will be away at training.

"This is an incredible accomplishment by a dedicated Yote,” said Sundberg. “It is a big deal to earn a commission into the U.S. Army. Sam embodies everything that is exceptional about America -- rising off of merit to be a leader in our Army to defend our freedoms."


USD's College of Arts & Sciences offers students a top-notch undergraduate liberal arts education in the humanities, social sciences and sciences as well as graduate programs that have earned USD distinction as a research university by the Carnegie Foundation. The college's more than 22,000 alumni include famous journalists, Hollywood screenwriters, novelists, a Nobel Prize winner, South Dakota governors, attorneys, physicians, justices of the state Supreme Court, distinguished university faculty and international humanitarians.


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 84 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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