The grand opening includes a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2:30 p.m. along with remarks by students and USD administrators, including President James W. Abbott, Provost Chuck Staben and former SGA President Tim Carr.

The Academic Commons is a centralized learning center for the campus community assembling the resources students need to achieve their academic goals. Students can utilize the Academic Commons to work alone or in groups whether it’s writing a paper, conducting research or meeting with an advisor or tutor.

Services on the west side of the Academic Commons include the Writing Center, the Presentation Center and Lab Consultant, joining the Library’s reference, instruction and circulation services. Additional services on the east half of the first floor include the Academic and Career Planning Center, which provides academic advising, career planning, tutoring, Supplemental Instruction and First Year Experience services. The Center for Academic Engagement, Math Emporium, and the Information Technology Services Help Desk are also located in the Academic Commons to provide convenient access to academic and technical support.

“The Academic Commons is an intellectual environment for learning, academic support, collaboration and research,” added Staben. “We are excited about providing these resources in one interactive location that will help students pursue their academic and personal goals.”

“This is a great opportunity for students to receive so many services in one location,” stated recently elected SGA President Collin Michels of Yankton, S.D. “Providing these resources and ensuring that they are widely used demonstrates the commitment of USD to student academic success.”

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