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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

March 28, 2014

Sen. Brad Lager to address spring commencement ceremonies

Sen. Brad Lager

Sen. Brad Lager

Northwest Missouri State University alumnus and Missouri Sen. Brad Lager will address Northwest graduates and their families during the University’s spring commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 3.

“As an alumnus and state senator, Brad has been a supporter of Northwest and the spectrum of public education,” Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said. “He is a dedicated servant to the needs of Missouri’s citizenry, and we are pleased to have him addressing our graduates and their families this spring.”

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. Both ceremonies are in Bearcat Arena.

Lager, a 1997 Northwest alumnus, began his career in public service in 2001 when he was elected to the Maryville City Council, then the city's youngest member to serve on the board. From 2002 to 2006, he served as the 4th District representative in the Missouri House and served on several House committees. In 2006, Lager was elected to represent the 16 counties in the 12th Senatorial District.

He currently serves as chair of the Senate Committee for Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy and the Environment. He also serves as vice-chair of the Senate Governmental Accountability Committee, Select Committee on Redistricting and the Senate Interim Committee on Natural Disaster Recovery. In addition to serving in the General Assembly, he is a small business owner who has a passion for entrepreneurship.

Lager was born in Maryville and is a lifelong resident of northwest Missouri. He graduated from Northeast Nodaway High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer management systems from Northwest. He currently resides with his wife and two children near Savannah.

More than 660 students are expected to graduate during Northwest’s spring commencement ceremonies. More than 520 students from Northwest’s three colleges will receive bachelor's degrees. Additionally, more than 140 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 #nw14 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 28, through Friday, May 2, or one hour prior to each ceremony on May 3.

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