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July 30, 2010
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State University on Thursday night awarded diplomas to 274 graduates during its summer commencement ceremony.
Additionally, Northwest bestowed on Dr. R. Stephen Green an honorary degree of pedagogy, recognizing his deep commitment to education as president and CEO of Kauffman Scholars, Inc., as well as in many other roles throughout his distinguished career.
Recalling William Shakespeare's "As You Like It," Green reminded the class of 2010 during his commencement address that their entrance to a new stage holds great promise, along with tremendous challenges.
"As you prepare to exit this stage of college life and make your entrance to another new stage, expectations are high because there is another generation waiting for you and waiting for the future to unfold," Green said. "And those who are waiting are depending on you because their future depends on you to do what is necessary and what is right."
Among this summer's graduates, 138 were undergraduates students, 119 were graduate students and 17 education specialist.
The summer graduates consisted of 151 females and 123 males, ranging in age from 20 to 60 years old.
While 207 of the graduates are Missouri residents, 52 hail from other states. Thirteen graduates are from India and two are from Japan.
The top five majors were applied computer science, corporate recreation and wellness, marketing, teacher leadership and business management.
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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