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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

June 20, 2014

Civic leader to address summer commencement ceremony

Mary Hinde

Mary Hinde

Mary Hinde, president and chief executive officer of the Community Foundation of Northwest Missouri Inc., will address Northwest Missouri State University graduates and their families during the University’s summer commencement ceremony Thursday, July 31.  

“We are very pleased to have Mary joining us for our summer commencement ceremony,” Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said. “Mary’s leadership has been critical to advancing our region, and her background is quite vast and diverse.”

Born and raised in St. Joseph, Hinde is the fourth generation on both sides of her family to stay in the region and work toward its betterment.

The Community Foundation was established in 2009 and serves as a vehicle for charitable giving, helping donors give to the causes they care about. The foundation helps donors invest money into its funds, ensuring the nonprofit organizations of their choice can continue to receive aid and provide services for years to come. Hinde has served as the foundation’s president and CEO since its inception.

In addition, Hinde has an extensive background in interior design and maintains a professional membership in the American Society of Interior Designers. She has received recognition for her work with McDonald’s restaurants, and her work has been published in Women’s World, Drapery Today, Southern Living and the St. Joseph News-Press. Her photography graced the cover of an international magazine, The Voice of the Martyrs, highlighting the plight of women in oppressive countries.

Hinde graduated from Hollins College in Roanoke, Va. with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She also studied at the University of London, the New York School of Interior Design and Trinity International University. She was recently named to Ingram’s business magazine’s 2014 list of “50 Missourians You Should Know.” In addition to recognition for her interior design work, she is a recipient of the St Joseph Rotary East Service Above Self Award for her work with refugees in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and she earned the Larry A. Jones Humanitarian of the Year Award in 2005.

Northwest’s summer commencement ceremony is set for 7 p.m., Thursday, July 31, in Bearcat Arena. More than 200 students from Northwest’s three colleges and graduate school are expected to receive bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, education specialist degrees or certifications. The general public may watch the ceremony live via an online video stream at

Graduates along with their families and friends are invited to interact with Northwest’s 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, July 28, through Thursday, July 31, or one hour before the ceremony at the Student Recreation Center.

Complete details about summer 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