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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

April 5, 2013

UK’s Dr. Stuart Brand to address spring commencement ceremonies; more than 700 students to receive degrees

Dr. Stuart Brand

Dr. Stuart Brand

Birmingham City University Director of Learning Experience Dr. Stuart Brand will address Northwest Missouri State University graduates and their families during the University’s spring commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 4.

“We are so pleased to have Dr. Brand joining us for our spring commencement ceremonies,” Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said. “Through our interactions with Birmingham City University and collaboration on student engagement activities, Stuart and his team have become valued partners, and we look forward to hearing the words of advice he has for our graduates as they embark on a new chapter.”

Northwest will honor degree recipients of the graduate school and the Melvin D. and Valorie G. Booth College of Business and Professional Studies during a ceremony at 10 a.m. Degree recipients of the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education and Human Services will be honored during a 2 p.m. ceremony.

During three decades in higher education, Brand has focused on ensuring that student and employer collaboration corresponds with Birmingham City University’s new faculty-developed policies and processes. He also possesses 23 years of experience in human health studies.

In January 2010, Brand and two other faculty members from Birmingham City University, which is located in the United Kingdom, visited Northwest to gain insight about the University’s student employment program and observe student workers firsthand. The two universities continue to collaborate on student employment models and research ways to involve students.

In October 2012, Brand was conferred into the National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Manchester in 1976 and attained his doctorate from the University of Leicester in 1979, both located in the United Kingdom.

More than 700 students are expected to graduate during Northwest’s spring commencement ceremonies. More than 550 students from Northwest’s three colleges will receive bachelor's degrees. More than 150 more candidates are expected to receive master's degrees, education specialist degrees or certifications through the University's graduate school.

The general public can watch the ceremonies live via an online video stream at  

Graduates along with their families and friends also are invited to interact with Northwest social media before, during and after the commencement ceremonies. Users may share their graduation memories on Twitter by using the hashtag #nw13 or submit graduation photos to Northwest’s Flickr feed. Photos can be taken with a mobile phone and sent to Submitted photos will appear immediately on Northwest’s Flickr page at

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, April 29, through Friday, May 3, or one hour prior to each ceremony on May 4.

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