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May 1, 2012
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Commencement ceremonies set for May 12, May 20 on Baldwin City campus

Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University will honor nearly 700 graduates with two commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 12, and two ceremonies on Sunday, May 20, at the Collins Center.Baker-arch1

The School of Professional and Graduate Studies undergraduate degree ceremony is set for 1 p.m., Saturday, May 12. There are 219 candidates for degrees. The School of Professional and Graduate Studies graduate degree ceremony is set for 4:30 p.m., Saturday, May 12. There are 142 candidates for master’s degrees. Ivan Fenwick, product manager for the Sprint Nextel Corporation in Overland Park, will deliver the commencement address. He received a Master of Business Administration degree in 2008 from Baker.

The undergraduate degree ceremony for the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Nursing and School of Education will be at 1 p.m., Sunday, May 20. There are 177 candidates for undergraduate degrees. Randy Pembrook, vice president for academic affairs at Washburn University, will address the graduates. He previously served as Baker’s executive vice president and provost.

The School of Education graduate degree ceremony will be at 4:30 p.m., Sunday, May 20. There are 136 candidates for degrees, including six who will receive their Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership. Brad Neuenswander, deputy commissioner for learning services for the Kansas State Department of Education, will deliver the keynote address.

At 9:30 a.m., May 20, Baker University will have its traditional baccalaureate service at First United Methodist Church, Eighth and Grove streets. George Wiley, professor of religion, will deliver the sermon. Wiley is retiring at the end of the academic year after 35 years serving Baker.


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