MTI cancels public commencement ceremony

No event to be held in 2020


Mitchell Technical Institute has canceled its public commencement ceremony, originally scheduled for May 8 at the Corn Palace, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In anticipation of the cancelation, members of the 2020 graduating class were surveyed regarding their preferences. Those class members elected to forego a formal ceremony this year and will instead receive a specially designed gift box mailed to them along with their diplomas, according to a press release from the school.

Due to the fact most MTI graduates accept full-time employment around graduation time, the school will not be rescheduling a public ceremony for 2020.

Erik Kaufman joined the Mitchell Republic in July of 2019 as an education and features reporter. He grew up in Freeman, S.D., graduating from Freeman High School. He graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1999 with a major in English and a minor in computer science. He can be reached at
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