Commencement Marks Record

Next week’s commencement at William Woods University will be the largest December graduation in school history and the second largest WWU commencement ever.

The university will confer 223 degrees during commencement ceremonies Friday, Dec. 14, making a total of 536 degrees conferred during 2001.

This will be the second year in a row that William Woods will graduate more than 500 students in one year. Approximately the same number graduated in 2000, but prior to that the highest total had been 481.

During the ceremony at 7 p.m. in Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center, the university will grant 72 bachelor of science degrees, five bachelor of arts degrees, one bachelor of fine arts degree, 52 master of business administration degrees and 93 master of education degrees.

With increased campus enrollment and the growth of the university’s graduate and adult studies programs, William Woods now holds three graduation ceremonies each year. In addition to the 223 students graduating Friday, the university graduated 198 in May and 115 in August. This is the tenth year a December commencement has been held.

The commencement speaker this year is Ed Easterling, professor of business and economics at William Woods and the recent recipient of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Easterling, who lives in rural Auxvasse, Mo., received the Governor’s Award Dec. 6 at a luncheon in Kansas City. In addition, he has received the Louis D. Beaumont/Dads’ Association Distinguished Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching at William Woods University three times–in 1987, 1991 and 1999.