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Billy Mills' commencement speech at SD Mines

This video is from SDPB's news program, South Dakota Focus.

South Dakota Mines in Rapid City held its commencement ceremony earlier this month. The guest of honor was Billy Mills. He won the Olympic Gold medal in the 10,000-meter race in 1964. He's still the ONLY American gold medalist in that event.

He's also a member of the Oglala Sioux tribe and founded the Running Strong for American Indian Youth nonprofit.

Mills found comfort in running after losing both his parents at a young age. He shared his memory of that Olympic race in his commencement speech.