May 4, 2010
More than 600 graduate during spring commencement ceremonies
MARYVILLE, Mo. - More than 600 individuals graduated Saturday during Northwest Missouri State's 104th spring commencement exercises.
During two ceremonies, those receiving diplomas included 134 students from the College of Arts and Sciences, 167 students from the Melvin D. and Valorie G. Booth College of Professional and Applied Studies, 136 students from the College of Education and Human Services, 78 master's degree candidates and one recipient of a specialist in education degree. Also, 138 students graduated with honors.
Northwest's spring graduates also included 39 international students graduating from 10 countries. There were 73 graduates from Nodaway County. Northwest graduates came from Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and 15 other states.
Additionally, 375 were female and 244 were male, and graduates ranged in age from 20 to 49.
Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski commended graduates for overcoming obstacles and persevering to earn their diplomas.
"This is the day you celebrate one of life's most important achievements: completing a college degree," Jasinski told the graduates. "You've worked hard, but along the way to this celebration you've had the help and support of people who are very proud of you - your moms and dads and grandparents, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, friends and neighbors."
During his commencement address Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice William Ray Price encouraged the graduates to "rise up and to make this country a better place for those who will follow, and for those who will need your shoulders to stand on." Price advised students to treasure their lives and plan for success within the world's ever- increasingly competitive, skill-based work force.
"Jobs will come and go. Careers will come and go. Entire industries will come and go," Price said. "You need to be ready to change with the times. Most likely, you will have to switch jobs or even your whole career path. Accept that reality. You have taken a great first step. You have obtained a degree from an excellent university. If there is one thing this society values it is education and skills. You have started to assemble the basic tools to invent and reinvent yourself relative to the opportunities that will come your way."
To read the full text of Price's commencement address, click here .
At Northwest, 63 percent of students graduate within six years, compared to the national average of 45 percent. According to the most recent data, about 95 percent of Northwest graduates find employment or continue their education within six months of graduation.
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