DWU to open Capstone Day to the public

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Dakota Wesleyan University is opening its senior thesis Capstone Day to the public this year.

Capstone Day, set for Wednesday, April 10, is an opportunity for DWU seniors to present their thesis projects, whether it be scientific research, literary projects, theatre projects, business simulations or music demonstrations – graduating seniors in most majors present their capstone projects as either a formal presentation or as a poster project.

“Capstone Day is an important day in the university’s academic calendar because it provides students – both those presenting their capstone projects and students attending those presentations – with a concrete illustration of the fact that a college degree is not, primarily, about accumulating a specific number of credits but, rather, about deepening one’s knowledge and understanding of a particular field and strengthening one’s skills and abilities,” said Dr. Joseph Roidt, DWU provost.

The presentations begin at 8 a.m. and run nonstop to 4:30 p.m. at different locations on campus. A full schedule with project descriptions is online at Seating for each presentation is limited but presentations are grouped at each location so there are plenty of options for watchers.

This is the second year that Dakota Wesleyan has held a Capstone Day.

“Capstone Day presentations really represent the tip of the iceberg in terms of the work that students have undertaken, whether that work has involved scientific research in the lab, the analysis of texts in English or history, psychological research, an extended business simulation, or student teaching,” he said. “Nevertheless, we believe that students who are capable of confidently communicating the substance of their work and responding capably to the questions of their peers are well prepared to take the next step in their respective journeys, whether that is into their first professional job or the pursuit of a graduate degree.”