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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

May 10, 2012

Dr. Rosemarie T. Nassif to address Missouri Academy graduates

The Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing at Northwest Missouri State University celebrates its 11th graduating class Saturday, May 26. Dr. Rosemarie T. Nassif will address the 55 graduates and their families at the commencement ceremony.

The commencement ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. People interested in attending the ceremony must RSVP to Sue Smith, administrative secretary at the Missouri Academy, by contacting her at 660. 562.1960 or

Nassif is the special advisor to the assistant secretary for postsecondary education with the U.S. Department of Education. Previously, Nassif was president of Holy Names University in Oakland, Calif., for 11 years and was president of the College of Notre Dame at Maryland University.

As a special advisor for the Department of Education she serves to address a wide range of issues on the reform, improvement and innovation of higher education. She develops internal and external partnerships, collaborates with stakeholders, leads studies and develops positions on matters of national need or special interest. She also works to raise public awareness of higher education initiatives.

Nassif grew up in St. Louis and earned a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She taught chemistry for 13 years at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy.

Dr. Cleo Samudzi, dean of the Missouri Academy, said Nassif’s background in chemistry will be an inspiration to the graduating students, especially as a role model to women interested in scientific career fields.

Additionally, the Missouri Academy will host its annual banquet for graduates, their families and Missouri Academy staff at 6 p.m. Friday, May 25, in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom. The banquet will include brief presentations by Missouri Academy staff, an alumnus and Nassif as well as awards and recognition for students.

The Missouri Academy was established in 2000 as a two-year residential, early-entrance-to-college program on the Northwest campus. The program replaces the junior and senior years of traditional high school. Academy students enroll in the same classes as traditional students and are held to the same academic expectations while living, socializing and studying in a learning community of peers. For more information about the Missouri Academy, visit  

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