Charles W. Mader was presented his honorary high school diploma on July 29, 2017.
It was presented by his son Robert B. Mader on his eldest son’s (Jerry Mader) ranch near New Underwood, SD at a family reunion.
Charles leftschool in 1942 (grade 10) to work on the family farm, and then was drafted into the service during World War II.
He was honorably discharged in 1946, having earned the rank of Sergeant.
He receives his diploma 73 years after what would have been his graduation year of 1944, and is now a honorary member of the class of 2017.
The following is an excerpt from the Cheyenne Eagle Butte Graduation Ceremony which took place on May 21 of this year given by Eric North, who was acting C-EB School Principal at the time.
“Welcome to the Graduation Ceremony for the Class of 2017
It has been my pleasure and honor to work with these amazing young women and men this past year.
They are truly a diverse group
• Rodeo Queens and Ranchers
• Athletes and Artists
• Skateboarders and Scholars
• (This graduating class is now made even more diverse today, through the participation of a Soldier and Grandfather)
…….Each participant in this ceremony has chosen their own unique path….. To be recognized and honored for accomplishing their goal of earning a diploma from Cheyenne Eagle Butte High School. Charles chose to bravely serve his country during our time of need, to serve fearlessly and honorable for the benefit of all who share this great land.
The class of 2017 will be missed in our hallways and classrooms- yet we look forward to their return and we look forward to witnessing their future accomplishments and successes. Charles has had many accomplishments and so has his fellow classmates from the Class of 1942.
…..Continue to make us proud of you.
Continue to allow us to celebrate your goals, dreams, and accomplishments.
Your future paths may be different yet your successes will be many
At this time it is my honor to recognize the accomplishments of Charles W. Mader; and to proudly declare by the power invested in me by the State of South Dakota and the Bureau of Indian Education that a Honorary High School Diploma be awarded to Sgt. Charles W. Mader on this day in July 2017.