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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

March 29, 2011

Northwest alumnus, Army colonel will address University’s spring commencement ceremonies

Col. Christopher Hughes

Col. Christopher Hughes

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State University alumnus and United States Army Col. Christopher Hughes will address the University's students and their families during its spring commencement ceremonies Saturday, April 30.

"We are so pleased to have Col. Christopher Hughes joining us for our spring commencement ceremonies," Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said. "As a dedicated servant to our country, Col. Hughes is advancing our great nation through his work and leadership. His time at Northwest was key and I have enjoyed talking to Chris about how his time at Northwest was important in his development. He is published and decorated, and we look forward to hearing his remarks to our graduates and their families."

Hughes, who serves as a special assistant to the deputy commanding general of the Army's 3rd Infantry Division, was commissioned in 1983 by the Reserve Officers' Training Corps at Northwest, where he earned a bachelor's degree in political science. Hughes also has a master's in business management from Webster University, and he is a distinguished graduate of the National War College in Washington D.C., where he earned a master's in national strategic studies.

Previously, Hughes served as the executive officer to the secretary of the Army and the Army's chief liaison to the U.S. House of Representatives. His troop and command assignments included service with the 4th Infantry Division, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), 25th Infantry Division, Joint Task Force Bravo and the Joint Readiness Training Center.

He has participated in military operations in Haiti, Bosnia, Macedonia, Kosovo and Iraq; counter drug operations in Central America and Columbia; and humanitarian operations in Nicaragua, Guatemala, Panama and Honduras. Hughes also served as lead terrorism investigator on the USS Cole Commission after the 2000 bombing of the ship in Yemen.

He is the author of "War on Two Fronts: An Infantry Commander's War in Iraq and the Pentagon," winner of the 2008 Army Historical Foundation's Distinguished Writing Award for Excellence in U.S. Army History Writing.

More than 500 students from Northwest's three colleges are expected to receive bachelor's degrees. Another 150 candidates are expected to receive master's degrees or education specialist degrees through the University's graduate school.

Commencement ceremonies will be at 10 a.m. for the graduate school and the Booth College of Business and Professional Studies, and at 2 p.m. for the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education and Human Services.

Candidates for graduation may pick up caps and gowns at the Student Services Center on the first floor of the Administration Building from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday or 8 to 11 a.m. Friday during the week of finals.

Complete details about spring commencement at Northwest are posted on the Senior Spot Web site,

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468