Dakota State University students walking around campus

Preparation + opportunity = success

That's the DSU equation. We're a four-year university with nationally recognized programs, cutting-edge facilities, and the brightest thinkers. But we're also a tight-knit, inclusive community. Small class sizes mean hands-on training and individualized attention. All this with an affordable, public school price that's among the best values in the region.

Majors & Degrees

Family & Friends

Commencement week is an exciting time for our Trojans, their friends, and family members. We look forward to welcoming you to DSU and can't wait to help you celebrate this important milestone.

Livestream Video

DSU graduate smiling during commencement
We congratulate all of our graduates on a job well done and wish you success in your future endeavors!

If you can't make it to the ceremony, don't worry! We offer a live stream video for friends and family who want to watch their loved ones cross the stage - from anywhere in the world. Every Dakota State University Commencement ceremony will be broadcast live. The live stream for each of the ceremonies will begin 15 minutes prior to the start. Livestream links will be published one week prior to commencement.

Hooding Ceremony
Commencement Ceremony

Important Information

A professional photographer will take photos of each graduate. Photos may be purchased directly from Lifetouch Special Events. Guests may take their own photographs during the ceremony but must remain outside of the candidate seating area, in order to ensure an enjoyable ceremony for all candidates. Guests will have time after the ceremony to take personal photographs on the stage, near commencement flags, and other spots within and around the DSU Fieldhouse.

Order Photos

Parking is available along Washington Avenue, in the lot north of the Dakota Prairie Playhouse, and in the gravel lot directly west of the Fieldhouse.

Commencement Parking Map

It’s easy to get to DSU. Find our address below and plug it into your navigation system, or use the provided directions.

Maps & Directions


The nearest airport is the Sioux Falls Regional Airport (FSD), located 50 miles from DSU.


AmericInn Lodge & Suites
504 SE 10th St
Madison, SD
Ph: 605-256-3076
Sheraton Sioux Falls & Convention Center
(50 miles, near the airport)
1211 West Avenue North
Sioux Falls, SD
Ph: 605-331-0100
Super 8
219 N Highland
Madison, SD
Ph: 605-256-6931
Quality Inn & Suites
(46 miles, located off I-29)
5410 N Granite Lane
Sioux Falls, SD
Ph: 605-338-1900
Best Western Plus
456 SE 12th Street
Madison, SD