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Dec. 7, 2010
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Commencements set for Dec. 18-19

Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University will honor 525 graduates with three commencement ceremonies Dec. 18-19 at the Collins Center.

The School of Professional and Graduate Studies graduate degree ceremony is set for 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 18. There are 182 candidates for master’s degrees. Former Baker Board of Trustee Tom Van Sickle, who has had careers in politics, law and real estate development and property management, will be the keynote speaker. He was a Kansas State Representative in 1958 and a Kansas State Senator in 1960, serving three consecutive four-year terms.

The School of Education graduate degree ceremony will be at 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 18. There are 117 candidates for degrees, including three who will receive their doctorate. Baker alum Jeff Magee, leader of Jeff Magee International, Inc., a leading management and development firm will be the keynote speaker. JMI recently merged with Western CPE, forming one of the country’s leading continuing professional education providers to certified public accountants.

The undergraduate ceremony for the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Nursing, School of Education and School of Professional and Graduate Studies will be at 1 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 19. There are 226 candidates for undergraduate degrees. Baker alum Charles Agro, manager of resources and grants for the Office of Emergency Management, a division of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, will be the keynote speaker. After the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, on World Trade Center, Agro served as the logistics chief in the agency’s Emergency Operations Center and coordinated a myriad of resource requests and the contracting services essential to rescue, recovery and clean-up operations. In 2009 he was one of the first responders to the “Miracle on the Hudson,” where he and other emergency management officials directed rescue efforts of a downed U.S. Airways jetliner.


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