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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

April 2, 2012

Missouri governor, advertising firm owner to address spring commencement ceremonies at Northwest

Gov. Jay Nixon

Gov. Jay Nixon

Kevin Fullerton

Kevin Fullerton

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and advertising professional Kevin Fullerton will address Northwest Missouri State University graduates and their families during the University’s spring commencement ceremonies Saturday, April 28.

"We are so pleased to have Gov. Jay Nixon and Kevin Fullerton joining us for our spring commencement ceremonies," Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said. “Both Gov. Nixon and Mr. Fullerton will speak eloquently about how to capitalize on the student success our graduates obtain as Bearcats and parlay it into being productive and contributing members to society. They are very supportive of Northwest and we always welcome them on campus as advocates for our students and what we do at our University.”

Fullerton will address graduates and their families during a 10 a.m. commencement ceremony for the graduate school and the Booth College of Business and Professional Studies. Nixon will then address a 2 p.m. ceremony for the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education and Human Services.

Fullerton, a 1988 graduate of Northwest, is the owner and creative director of Springboard Creative in Kansas City, which he launched in 2006 after working as a designer, art director and vice president and creative director at a variety of Kansas City advertising agencies. He also is president of the American Advertising Federation-Kansas City and serves as a speaker for PREP-KC, which introduces inner-city high school students to career opportunities. He is active as a member of Northwest’s Department of Mass Communication Professional Advisory Council and often mentors students working on publications and advertising projects. Last fall he received the Northwest Alumni Association’s 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Nixon was elected in 2008 as Missouri’s 55th governor and has demonstrated a commitment to creating jobs and making education affordable for the state’s citizens. In addition to working with legislators to pass a comprehensive jobs bill, he has worked with the state’s public colleges and universities to ensure tuition rates remain stable. Prior to becoming governor, Nixon was elected to a record four terms as Missouri’s attorney general, beginning in 1992. A native of De Soto, he was elected in 1986 to his first term in the Missouri State Senate.

More than 500 students from Northwest's three colleges are expected to receive bachelor's degrees. Nearly 200 more candidates are expected to receive master's degrees, education specialist degrees or certifications through the University's graduate school.

Additionally, 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’s social media before, during and after the commencement ceremonies. Users may share their graduation memories on Twitter by using the hashtag #nw12, 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 23, through Friday, April 27, or one hour prior to each ceremony on April 28.

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