Mount Marty College to Hold Fall Commencement on December 16

December 12, 2017

Mount Marty College (MMC) will hold its Fall Commencement on Saturday, December 16 at 11:15 a.m. in Marian Auditorium, 1105 W. Eighth St. in Yankton.

Graduates will receive their baccalaureate and graduate degrees at the one-hour ceremony, where they’ll celebrate through longstanding traditions and reflections on the opportunities ahead.

This year’s Fall commencement speaker is Alfred Lupien, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Nurse Anesthesia at Mount Marty College.  A native of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Lupien served Mount Marty College for over 10 years in the Nurse Anesthesia program.

Lupien enlisted in the Army at age 17 to attend the Walter Reed Army Institute of Nursing in Washington, DC. His 20-year active duty military career included assignments in Hawaii; Texas; Washington DC; Virginia; Belgium and Germany as well as a combat deployment to Grenada, West Indies.

Following his retirement from the military, Dr. Lupien established the state of Georgia’s first nurse anesthesia graduate program at the Medical College of Georgia.  As an advocate for the use of high fidelity simulation, he created the first simulation center in a school of nursing.  

In 2007, Dr. Lupien joined the Mount Marty College faculty. He served as professor, director of the nurse anesthesia program, and Interim Associate Dean for Nursing.  Doctor Lupien oversaw the anesthesia program’s move from Western Avenue in Sioux Falls to its current location on 41st Street; and he collaborated with faculty and administrators to establish a foundation for the anesthesia program’s transition to award a doctoral degree.

Doctor Lupien holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Maryland, a practice certificate in nurse anesthesia from the U.S. Army, a Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Hawaii. Among his numerous awards are the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists’ Program Director of the Year and induction as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

Graduates and their guests are also invited to a reception in Benedict’s Café following the commencement ceremony on Saturday.

No tickets are required to attend the commencement ceremony, and there is no limit on the number of guests that candidates may invite. Seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For more information about the fall commencement schedule and activities, please visit, or contact the MMC Registrar’s Office at 605-668-1515 or