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Aug. 5, 2013Maryville, MO | By: Harris
Two hundred forty-eight individuals received degrees during Northwest Missouri State University's Summer Commencement Ceremony.
Northwest conferred 142 undergraduate degrees, 95 graduate degrees and 11 specialists in education degrees. Northwest’s summer graduates represented six countries, including India, Japan, People’s Republic of China, South Africa and the United Kingdom. David Gressley, Assistant Secretary for the United Nations delivered the University's Commencement address. Gressley, a graduate of Nodaway-Holt High School in Graham reflected on his experiences as a U.N. representative and negotiator, Gressley encouraged graduates to choose a path they will enjoy, keep learning and lead by example. "Knowledge and experience will lead to success for you, but don't forget the next generation," Gressley said. "Be the example that gives them the opportunity to surpass you." The ceremony was highlighted by the commencement walk of northwest graduate Kay Medsker Dolph, 81, who did not participate in the University's Commencement Ceremony after earning her degree in education in 1967. Dolph drew a standing ovation as she walked across the stage with students from the college of education and human services. Northwest also bid farewell to Dr. Richard Fulton, a professor of political science, who has served as commencement Grand Marshall since 2003 and is retiring from Northwest after 40 years of service.