December 5, 2005
Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University director of public relations, (785) 594-8330
Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University will honor more than 700 undergraduate, graduate and nursing students with three separate ceremonies during winter commencement Dec. 17-18 at the Collins Center.
Graduate students from Baker’s School of Professional and Graduate Studies will be recognized on Dec. 17. Graduates in the Master of Business Administration degree program will be honored at 1 p.m. Students in the remaining graduate degree programs will be honored at 4 p.m.
The undergraduate ceremony for candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Nursing, and the School of Professional and Graduate Studies will be at 1 p.m. Dec. 18.
Speakers for the ceremonies will be Michael Davis, interim law dean at the University of Kansas; Cynthia Smith, president and CEO of Sunflower House, a child abuse prevention center in Shawnee; and Kay Schallenkamp, president of Emporia State University.
Davis, dean of KU’s law school from 1980 to 1989, will speak at the 1 p.m. ceremony Dec. 17. An honor graduate of Kansas State University and the University of Michigan Law School, he joined the KU law faculty in 1971. He is chairman of the American Bar Association Standards Committee.
Smith will speak at the 4 p.m. ceremony Dec. 17. She is in first year leading the Sunflower House, which serves Wyandotte and Johnson counties. Smith previously was chief content and communications officer at KCPT-TV, Kansas City’s public television station, and was a news anchor with WDAF Fox 4. Smith has a bachelor’s degree in speech and English from East Texas University and a master's degree in management from Baker University.
Schallenkamp, who has led Emporia State since 1997, will speak at the 1 p.m. Dec. 18 ceremony. She chairs the Board of Trustees for the National Teachers Hall of Fame and serves on the Executive Committee of the Renaissance Group, the Board for the Kansas Cavalry, and the Legislative Policy Committee and the Board of Directors for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. She earned a Ph.D in communication disorders from the University of Colorado in 1982. She also received a master’s degree from the University of South Dakota and a bachelor’s degree from Northern State University in South Dakota.