The musical competition also will include choirs from nine other institutions of higher learning.
The first-place prize is $1,000 and the winner will be announced March 5.
The votes have all been counted, and there is a new Wassailmeister in town.
Pageant contestants are judged on beauty, poise and elegance.
Altogether, nearly 30 master’s and doctoral students took the challenge at MSU on Wednesday, and nine finalists spoke Thursday.
Advanced degrees weren’t the only thing on the line.
South Dakota Lottery officials say John Chalk Jr. of Brandon, Mississippi, has claimed the winning ticket from the Oct. 25 drawing.
Proceeds will benefit Oktibbeha County Volunteer Fire Departments, OSERVS and the Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services.