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Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski greeted and congratulated students as they crossed the stage during the University's commencement ceremonies last spring. Northwest's spring 2017 commencement ceremonies are planned for April 28-29 in Bearcat Arena. (Photo by Todd Weddle/Northwest Missouri State University)

Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski greeted and congratulated students as they crossed the stage during the University's commencement ceremonies last spring. Northwest's spring 2017 commencement ceremonies are planned for April 28-29 in Bearcat Arena. (Photo by Todd Weddle/Northwest Missouri State University)

April 14, 2017

Nearly 900 expected to receive degrees during spring commencement ceremonies, April 28-29

Dr. Tiebing Shi

Dr. Tiebing Shi

Karen Daniel

Karen Daniel

Northwest Missouri State University will celebrate its 2017 spring graduates Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 29, with a dedicated alumna of the University and its 2017 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education recipient addressing the degree candidates and their families.

The commencement ceremonies begin at 7 p.m. Friday in Bearcat Arena when Northwest confers master’s and education specialist degrees and recognizes candidates for its doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis with the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Tiebing Shi, an assistant professor of marketing at Northwest, will address the Friday evening ceremony.

The University will honor bachelor’s degree candidates from the Melvin D. and Valorie G. Booth School of Business and Professional Studies, the School of Education, the School of Communication and Mass Media, and the School of Computer Science and Information Systems at 10 a.m. Saturday in Bearcat Arena. Bachelor’s degree candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Agricultural Sciences, and the School of Health Science and Wellness will be honored at 2 p.m. Saturday in Bearcat Arena. Karen Daniel, the chief financial officer for Black & Veatch and a 1980 Northwest alumna, will address both Saturday ceremonies.

“Our spring commencement ceremonies are a celebration of our students’ achievements, and we are so pleased to have two distinguished Bearcats – in Tiebing and Karen – joining us to share their experiences and wisdom,” Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said. “Tiebing knows innovation and creativity and understands the need for continued evolution in his instruction to meet changing learning styles. Karen is a champion of education and Northwest Missouri State. She is a widely known and respected business management expert and a passionate Bearcat. Both will connect with our graduates given their diverse profession-based experiences and perspectives.”

Northwest expects nearly 900 students to receive degrees this spring. The University reports 233 students will receive master’s or specialist degrees through the University’s graduate school, and 661 undergraduate students are expected to receive bachelor’s degrees.

Doors will open to guests one hour prior to each ceremony. No tickets are necessary to attend the ceremonies. To accommodate guests who cannot attend, Northwest will offer a live online stream of the ceremonies at   

Graduates along with their families and friends also are invited to interact with Northwest 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 devices and emailed to Submitted photos will appear immediately on Northwest’s Flickr page at

Candidates for graduation may pick up caps and gowns on the first floor of the Administration Building from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 24, through Friday, April 28, or one hour prior to each ceremony on April 28 and April 29.

More information about Shi and Daniel is provided below. For more details about commencement ceremonies at Northwest, visit


About Dr. Tiebing Shi

Shi is an assistant professor of marketing at Northwest and the University’s 2017 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education recipient.

He joined the Northwest faculty in 2010 and teaches courses in advertising and promotion, consumer behavior, marketing management, and international marketing and business. He received the Dean’s Faculty Award for Teaching from the Melvin D. and Valorie G. Booth College of Business and Professional Studies in 2016 and the Dean’s Faculty Award for Research from the Booth College in 2015.

His faculty peers and students have recognized him for his use of an innovative teaching methodology that engages students in the application of the concepts they learn. He uses stories and video clips to illustrate how professional companies apply theories, frameworks, concepts or models to solve business problems. His team-based, major course project also affords students the opportunity to apply their learning during coursework to solve realistic business problems.

Shi earned his Ph.D. in marketing from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, and a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University. He has bachelor’s degrees in economics from the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China, and in engineering from Hunan University in Changsha, China.


About Karen Daniel

Daniel is the chief financial officer at Black & Veatch, a global engineering and construction company based in Overland Park, Kansas, where she is responsible for developing and executing business strategies.

Daniel was named Black & Veatch’s CFO in 1999 and joined the company’s Board of Directors in 2006. She also serves as president of the company’s Global Finance and Technology Solutions Division. Before joining Black & Veatch in 1992, Daniel spent 11 years with the certified public accounting firm of Peat Marwick (later KPMG), rising to senior audit manager.

A 1980 Northwest alumna, Daniel earned her bachelor’s degree from the University in accounting and has remained connected to the institution. She received the Northwest Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1998 and served on the University’s Board of Regents from 2003 to 2004. She served on the Northwest Foundation Board of Directors in the 1990s and re-joined it in 2014.

She received her master’s degree in accounting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Daniel also serves on numerous public and philanthropic boards. In 2016, she was unanimously elected chair of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce by its Board of Directors and is serving a one-year term that ends in October. She also is a member of the Snap-on Board of Directors and Audit Committee Chair, and she was vice chair of former President Barack Obama’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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