Commencement ceremonies to feature two alumni speakers

Two William Woods University alumni have been invited to
address graduates and their families May 11 during two separate ceremonies.

The undergraduate commencement
speaker, Kathleen Kunkler, is vice president and financial adviser for
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Kansas City, Mo. A 1982 William Woods graduate
with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English communications, she is also a newly
appointed member of the WWU Board of Trustees.
 
Graduate students will hear from Julie Dill,
the first person to earn a doctorate from William Woods University.  She and Amy James received their doctorates
in December; Saturday, six more educators will be awarded the Doctor of
Education degree in educational leadership.
 
A total of 340 students will receive diplomas.
With another ceremony in December, the combined number of WWU graduates since
last May is 882.
 
William Woods will grant four associate of
arts, 25 bachelor of arts, one bachelor of fine arts, 113 bachelor of science, and
six bachelor of social work degrees. WWU will award 31 master of business
administration (MBA), 91 master of education (M.Ed.), 63 education specialist
(Ed.S.) and six doctor of education degrees.
 
In addition to students from the Fulton
campus, students from cohorts in 17 Missouri Dr. Julie Dillcommunities will receive their
diplomas: Bethany, Blue Springs, Columbia, Hannibal, Higginsville, Jefferson
City, Kansas City, Kearney, Kirksville, Mansfield, New Haven, Poplar Bluff,
Rolla, Unionville, Warrensburg, Webster Groves and Winfield. Also graduating
are students from a cohort in Paragould, Ark.
 

WWU will hold two commencement ceremonies—one
for traditional undergraduates at 10 a.m. and one for undergraduates and graduate
students of the evening program at 2 p.m. Both ceremonies will be held in
Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center.
 
Prior to the undergraduate commencement,
William Woods will hold its traditional Ivy Ceremony at 9:15 a.m. around Senior
Lake.
 
The morning speaker, Kunkler, has a passion for community
engagement and has served on many non-profit boards. She currently is a member
of the advisory board of the Great Plains Society for the Prevention of Cruelty
to Animals. 
 
Other civic contributions have included Children’s Mercy
Hospital, Mattie Rhodes Counseling and Arts Center, Kansas City AIDS Service
Foundation, and SAVE. She has been listed in Midwest CEO magazine’s “Most
Influential Women” and Kansas City Business Journal’s “Women Who Mean
Business.”
                       
Dill, the Graduate College speaker, has dedicated 23 years to
her career in education and currently serves as superintendent of schools at
Johnson County R-VII School District in Centerview, Mo. She has served as an
adjunct faculty member for William Woods University for the past six years,
teaching classes at the master’s, education specialist and doctoral level.