Mount Marty University Celebrates Class of 2024 Graduates

June 13, 2024

Mount Marty University recently celebrated its 2024 undergraduate and graduate students at commencement for both the Watertown and Yankton campuses. The Watertown ceremony was held on April 27, 2024 at 2 p.m. at Holy Name Catholic Church, while the undergraduate and graduate ceremonies at Cimpl Arena on the Yankton campus were at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. respectively.

Don Roby, a Watertown native, businessman, and board of trustee member for Mount Marty, gave the commencement address in Watertown. He spoke on making mistakes, taking risks, and the importance of your relationship with your employer which can translate to other relationships in your life.

Dr. Ronald Place, Regional President and CEO of Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center, provided the Yankton commencement address for both the undergraduate and graduate ceremony. One of the messages he conveyed to the students is to be open to opportunities in their professional careers.

The ceremony also included President Marc Long who gave the initial welcome to the graduates and their families, Chaplain Father Grant Lacey who gave the Benediction, numerous award presentations for the students, and performances by the Mount Marty choir.

The ceremonies honored the students who graduated in Fall 2023, Spring 2024, and August 2024.

A full list of Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 graduates can be viewed here.

A full list of August 2024 candidates can be viewed here.

Photos from the Yankton and Watertown commencements can be viewed here. 





Founded in 1936 by the Benedictine Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery, Mount Marty University is South Dakota's only Catholic institution of higher education. Located along the bluffs of the Missouri River in Yankton, with additional locations in Watertown and Sioux Falls, Mount Marty offers undergraduate and graduate degrees focusing on student and alumni success in high-demand fields such as health sciences, education, criminal justice, business, accounting, and more. A community of learners in the Benedictine tradition, Mount Marty emphasizes academic excellence and develops well-rounded students with intellectual competence, professional and personal skills and moral, spiritual and social values. To learn more, visit