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Northwest will honor degree candidates with spring commencement ceremonies April 29 and April 30. The University expects to confer 879 degrees this spring. (Northwest Missouri State University photo)

Northwest will honor degree candidates with spring commencement ceremonies April 29 and April 30. The University expects to confer 879 degrees this spring. (Northwest Missouri State University photo)

    April 15, 2016

    Northwest to confer nearly 900 degrees this spring, announces three commencement ceremonies

    Northwest graduates are encouraged to decorate their caps for commencement ceremonies.
    Northwest graduates are encouraged to decorate their caps for commencement ceremonies.

    Two Northwest Missouri State University alumni will address graduates and their families when the University hosts its spring commencement ceremonies, Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30.

    For the first time in its history, Northwest will offer three commencement ceremonies, beginning with the conferral of master’s, education specialist and doctoral degrees at 7 p.m. Friday in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts.

    The University will honor bachelor’s degree candidates during its traditional Saturday ceremonies in Bearcat Arena at 9 a.m. for graduates of the Booth College of Business and Professional Studies and at 2 p.m. for the graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education and Human Services.

    David Edwards, a 1991 Northwest alumnus with an extensive and distinguished background in software development, will deliver the commencement address at the Friday evening ceremony. Rodney Edge, a 1984 alumnus and military veteran with extensive operations management experience, will address graduates and their families at the Saturday ceremonies.

    “Our spring commencement ceremonies are a celebration of our students’ achievements, and we are so pleased to have two distinguished Bearcats – in David and Rodney – joining us to share their experiences and wisdom,” Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said. “David knows innovation and creativity and understands the need for continued evolution to meet changing times. Rodney is an expert in strategy execution, leadership and followership, having built a career out of achieving mission goals and leading diverse groups of people in varied environments.”

    A pair of Northwest graduates take a selfie prior to the fall commencement ceremonies in December.
    A pair of Northwest graduates take a selfie prior to the fall commencement ceremonies in December.

    Doors will open to guests one hour prior to each ceremony. Shuttle services will be provided from parking lots 62 & 63 to the Ron Houston Center and the Lamkin Activity Center circle drives.

    Northwest expects 879 students to receive degrees this spring. The University reports 223 students will receive master’s or specialist degrees through the University’s graduate school, and 656 undergraduate students from Northwest’s three academic colleges are expected to receive bachelor’s degrees.

    No tickets are necessary to attend either ceremony. To accommodate guests who cannot attend, Northwest will offer a live online stream of the ceremonies at www.nwmissouri.edu/live.   

    Graduates along with their families and friends also 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 #NWGrad, or submit graduation photos to Northwest’s Flickr feed. Photos may be taken with mobile phones and emailed to nwgrad@nwmissouri.edu. Submitted photos will appear immediately on Northwest’s Flickr page at www.flickr.com/nwmostate/.

    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 25, through Friday, April 29, or one hour prior to each ceremony on April 29 and April 30.

    More information about Edwards and Edge is provided below. Complete details about commencement at Northwest are posted on the Senior Spot Web site, www.nwmissouri.edu/graduation.

     

    David Edwards
    David Edwards
    Rodney Edge
    Rodney Edge

    About David Edwards

    David Edwards is vice president and fellow at Cerner, a global health care information technology company headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri.

    During his 24 years with Cerner, Edwards has been instrumental in leading the company through pivotal shifts in technology and architecture. He also has been influential in incubating and promoting the use of collaborative and agile development methodologies. He often is at the center of strategic technology decisions and is leading a software development organization focused on building scalable and reliable computational infrastructure. In 2008, he was awarded the Cerner fellow designation in recognition for his distinguished technical contributions.

    Edwards holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a minor in mathematics from Northwest, where he also serves as a member of the Computer Science Professional Advisory Board.

     

    About Rodney Edge

    Rodney Edge is vice president of Automation Precision Technology, LLC, a global logistics firm specializing in business development in federal government, commercial and international sectors.

    Prior to joining APT in 2014, Edge enjoyed a U.S. Army career that spanned more than 20 years and culminated as chief executive officer at Fort Lee, Virginia. Some of his previous roles also include serving as a diplomatic advisor to senior Saudi Arabian officials and as a deputy division chief at the Pentagon.

    He holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from Northwest as well as master’s degrees in business administration and management from Central Michigan University and in military national resource strategy and policy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces-National Defense University. At Northwest, Edge was a member of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps as well as a two-year captain of the track and field team, for which he still holds the school record in 55-meter hurdles. He resides in Washington, D.C. 


    For more information, please contact:

    Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
    mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

    Northwest Missouri State University
    215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468