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Northern State University alumna and Aberdeen Public School District Superintendent Dr. Becky Guffin will deliver Northern’s 2019 spring commencement address.


The commencement ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 4, in the NSU Barnett Center.


Guffin is a 2019 Distinguished Alumna. She, along with three other Northern graduates, will be honored at the 2019 NSU Distinguished Alumni Banquet, set for 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 3, at Aberdeen’s Dakota Event Center. The other three alumni being honored are: David Berg, Bryan Mann-Entzel and Wendy Swanhorst.


Bios for all four distinguished alumni are below:


Dr. Becky Guffin


Dr. Becky Guffin received a bachelor’s in education in 1991 and a master’s in education in 1994, both from Northern. She earned her doctoral degrees in 2007 (Ed.S.) and 2008 (Ed.D.), both from the University of South Dakota.


Guffin is currently superintendent of the Aberdeen Public School District. Her awards and honors have included South Dakota Curriculum Director of the Year (2010-11), South Dakota Counselor’s Association Outstanding Administrator (2015) and Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce Woman of Spirit Award (2017).


Guffin is chair of the Sanford Health Network Board and Sanford Aberdeen Advisory Board. She is a member of the VFW Women’s Auxiliary and also serves on the Chamber Workforce in Education Committee.


Guffin is an adjunct faculty member at Northern. She serves on the NSU Teacher Education Committee, developed ASD English as a Second Language Program, and facilitated the planning and construction of A-TEC CTE Center and Mike Miller Elementary. She was appointed by former Gov. Daugaard to the State Board of Education and Blue Ribbon Task Force, and was appointed by Chief Justice Gilbertson to the Court Improvement Program Committee.


Guffin and her husband, Dana, live in Aberdeen.