William Woods to Hold Two Commencement Ceremonies

William Woods University will once again hold two commencement ceremonies this May—one for graduate students on Friday, May 5, and one for undergraduates on Saturday, May 6.

A total of 424 students will receive diplomas. With ceremonies in August and December, the combined number of WWU graduates since last May is 1,067.

The director of graduate education programs at WWU will speak to the graduate students and the owner and president of Lee’s Famous Recipes, Inc. will address the undergraduates.

The hooding and spring ceremony for graduate students will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, May 5, and the ceremony for undergraduates will be held at 10 a.m. May 6. Both ceremonies will be held in Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center.

Prior to Saturday’s commencement, William Woods will hold its traditional Ivy Chain Ceremony at 9:15 a.m. around Senior Lake.

Deedee Schlichting, director of graduate education programs, will address students receiving graduate degrees Friday evening. WWU will award 19 master of business administration (MBA), 247 master of education (M.Ed.) and 35 specialist of education in school administration (Ed.S.) degrees Friday.

Jeffrey D. Miller, the owner and president of Lee’s Famous Recipes, Inc. will be the undergraduate commencement speaker on Saturday morning.

Following Miller’s remarks, William Woods will grant 10 bachelor of arts, three bachelor of fine arts, 108 bachelor of science and two bachelor of social work degrees.

Friday’s speaker, Schlichting came to William Woods University in 2002 as director of graduate education programs. She has a strong background in the field of education and has served on a variety of professional boards and special task forces.

Appointed by the Commissioner of Education, Schlichting was a member of the Missouri Commission on the Future of Teaching, 1996-97.

Schlichting received a bachelor of science degree in education from Southwest Missouri State University in 1969 and a master’s degree in practical arts & vocational technical and business education at the University of Missouri in 1975. In 1994 she earned her doctorate in adult education and curriculum and instruction at MU.

The Saturday speaker, Miller, is operator and franchisor of 264 quick service restaurants. Originally a Certified Public Accountant, he has been a restaurant operator for the past 25 years.

In addition, he is an ordained minister serving as pastor of the Seaside Interfaith Chapel in Seaside, Fla., serving a congregation of nearly 400 members.

Miller attended the University of Tennessee and became a CPA. As an accountant, he had a number of clients in the restaurant business, so he had hands-on exposure to the industry and used it as a springboard to becoming a restaurant operator.