The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology hosted its 167th Commencement Ceremony Saturday.
Nearly 270 students received their bachelors, masters, or doctoral degrees.
The average starting salary of Mines graduates is more than $62,000 a year, and job placement immediately following school is 96 percent.
Many graduates are looking forward to starting their careers, this month.
"Oh it's amazing to be a alumni," said Crystal Croston, a Mining, Engineering, and Management major. "I'm really proud to be a tech alum and join the association of a legacy of excellence here, so I'm excited."
Another static graduate also shared his emotions.
"It really feels great, four years of college and a lot of tough classes and a lot of working together with a lot of teams," said Levi Dexter, a mechanical engineering major. "I'm just really happy to be part of this, to be part of the legacy of school of Mines."
The School of Mines ranks in the top 25 universities with the best return on investment. Graduates are expected to earn more than $1.2 million over three decades.
Black Hills State University also held their commencement today.