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July 31, 2014
Two hundred thirty-one individuals received degrees tonight during Northwest Missouri State University’s summer commencement exercise.
Northwest conferred 146 undergraduate degrees, 70 graduate degrees and 15 specialist in education degrees. The top undergraduate major in the summer class was business management, and the top graduate degree was the Master of Science in educational leadership for K–12.
Northwest’s summer graduates ranged in age from 20 to 62 years old. They also represented seven countries, including Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, India, Spain and the United Kingdom; 170 of the summer graduates hailed from Missouri and another 25 were from Iowa.
Northwest President Dr. Jasinski congratulated the graduates during his remarks, telling them to be proud of their perseverance and success in accomplishing something a majority of the U.S. population has not.
“You have learned to lead with integrity, treat others with respect, have sound reasoning and provide facts as you address and solve issues of all types,” Jasinski told the graduates. “Northwest’s role is to provide you with a high-quality education and engage vigorously in your success. Your role is to continue to engage in your learning environment, take advantage of your opportunities and prepare to better the communities in which you will live, work and play.”
Jasinski also encouraged the graduates to be future-focused and apply skills in perseverance, collaboration, citizenship and hard work to be successful.
Mary Hinde, who has served as president and chief executive officer of the Community Foundation of Northwest Missouri since its inception in 2009, addressed the graduates and their families as the commencement speaker.
Based on her experiences, Hinde offered graduates a Top 10 list of “Things You Need to Know Before Going Out into the World.” She encouraged graduates to say thank you, use manners, volunteer and laugh at themselves, among other tips on her list.
Hinde concluded her list with one more simple piece of advice for the graduates: Get out of the boat.
“You can’t achieve great things or reach your potential unless you get out of your comfort zone,” she said. “There’s a lot of things in life that are scary and uncomfortable, but by striking out and getting out of the boat, you will meet your potential.”
Northwest is a coeducational, primarily residential four-year university offering a broad range of undergraduate and selected graduate programs. Founded in 1905, the University has evolved into a vibrant and diverse learning community with enrollment of more than 6,500 students hailing from throughout the United States and 30 countries. Northwest offers more than 150 student organizations, and textbooks and a laptop are included in tuition.
The University boasts a 57 percent graduation rate, which is higher than the national average, and 97.5 percent of Northwest graduates find employment or continue their education within six months of graduation, according to the most recent data.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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