May 1, 2008
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Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University will honor nearly 800 undergraduate, graduate and nursing students with ceremonies on Saturday, May 10, and Sunday, May 18, at the Collins Center on the Baldwin City campus.

At 1 p.m. Saturday, May 10, Baker will recognize undergraduates of the School of Professional and Graduate Studies. The keynote speaker will be the Rev. Wallace S. Hartsfield, vice president-at-large of the National Baptist Convention of America, Inc., and past president of the General Baptist State Convention of Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.

At 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10, Baker will honor SPGS students receiving graduate degrees. Steve Doyal, senior vice president of Public Affairs and Communications at Hallmark Cards, Inc., will address the students.

At 1 p.m., Sunday, May 18, the university will recognize undergraduates from the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education and School of Nursing. Michael J. Nolte, president of Nolte’s Bridal Inc. and author of “Burned But Not Broken,” will be the keynote speaker.

At 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 18, Baker will hold its ceremony for School of Education students receiving graduate degrees, including the university’s first class of doctoral students. Baker University is the only private school in Kansas to offer a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership. Josh Anderson, a teacher at Olathe Northwest High School and the 2007 Kansas Teacher of the Year, will be the keynote speaker. He received his master's degree in school leadership from Baker.

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