News Release


Mount Marty College to Hold Commencement May 12

Published Date5\8\2012
Mount Marty College will host spring 2012 commencement exercises at 2:00 pm Saturday, May 12 at Laddie E. Cimpl Arena, 1105 W. 8th St., Yankton. Baccalaureate will be held prior to commencement at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 12th in the Bishop Marty Chapel.

Co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Daktronics Inc., Dr. Aelred J. Kurtenbach will give this year's commencement address. Dr. Kurtenbach, a native of Dimock, South Dakota, has B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, all in electrical engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, the University of Nebraska, and Purdue University, respectively. He served on the Mount Marty College Board of Trustees from 2002-2009 and was Vice-Chair of the Board in 2008-2009. He previously taught electrical engineering at South Dakota State University and Purdue University and it was during his time at SDSU that he co-founded Daktronics, Inc.

For twelve years Dr. Kurtenbach served on the Brookings School Board and on the South Dakota Board of Regents from 1984-1986. He also served as Chairman of the South Dakota Manufacturers and Processors Association from 1984-1986 and as Director for the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce. He has also served on the Board of the Catholic Foundation for Eastern South Dakota since its founding. He currently serves as Chairman of the Education Committee for the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry and as chair of the South Dakota Community Foundation. He is past chair of the South Dakota District Export Council, South Dakota Junior Achievement, and the South Dakota ESPSCor Committee, a program sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Kurtenbach has twice been named South Dakota's Small Businessman of the Year. He was honored in 1994 as the South Dakota Executive of the Year and the South Dakotan of the Year by the University of South Dakota School Of Business. He was inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame in 1992. Additional awards he has received are SD School of Mines and Technology Outstanding Alumni 2000; SDSU Family of the Year 2000; and Purdue University Outstanding Electrical Engineer 2001.

Dr. Kurtenbach holds Honorary Doctor's degrees from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, South Dakota State University and Purdue University.

Over the years Dr. Kurtenbach and Daktronics have been recognized with numerous awards for entrepreneurism and quality. Dr. Kurtenbach was chosen as the Entrepreneur of the Year in 2000 for manufacturing in a national competition sponsored by Ernst & Young. Daktronics, Inc. and was named the 1994 Entrepreneurial Success of the Year by the Small Business Administration for South Dakota and the Denver Region. In 2006 Kurtenbach was inducted into the Sales & Marketing Executive International Hall of Fame. Daktronics was also chosen the South Dakota Business of the Year in 2000, 1993, 1989 and 1987 by the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

Mount Marty College looks forward to welcoming Dr. Kurtenbach, along with the graduates and families to campus on Saturday.