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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

March 29, 2010

Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Price to give commencement address at Northwest

Supreme Court Chief Justice William Ray Price Jr.

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice William Ray Price Jr. will address Northwest Missouri State students and their families during the University's spring commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 1.

"We are quite pleased to have Chief Justice Price join us for our spring commencement ceremonies," Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said. "As a distinguished public servant, he has raised our standard of living and advanced our great state through his work. We look forward to Chief Justice Price's thought-provoking remarks."

About 480 students from Northwest's three colleges are expected to receive bachelor's degrees. Another 160 candidates will receive master's degrees or education specialist degrees through the University's Graduate School.

Commencement ceremonies will be at 10 a.m. for the graduate school and the Booth College of Business & Professional Studies, and at 2 p.m. for the College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Education & Human Services.

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 26, through Friday, April 30.

Complete details about spring commencement at Northwest are posted on the Senior Spot Web site (

Chief Justice William Ray Price Jr. was appointed to the Missouri Supreme Court in 1992. Before joining the Court, he practiced law with Lathrop & Norquist, now Lathrop & Gage, in Kansas City from 1978 to 1992. He served as a member of the firm's three-person executive committee and as chairman of the firm's business litigation section.

Chief Justice Price graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Iowa in 1974. He attended Yale University Divinity School for one year on a Rockefeller Fellowship and graduated cum laude from Washington and Lee University School of Law in 1978.

Prior to his appointment, Chief Justice Price served as President of the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners and as director of Truman Medical Center. He also has served as a member of the Alumni Council of Washington and Lee University and as Vice President of the Conference of Chief Justices.

Chief Justice Price is Chairman of the Board of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Searle Civil Justice Institute at Northwestern University School of Law.

Chief Justice Price grew up in Keokuk, Iowa. He and his wife, Susan, have two children who live in St. Louis.

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