William Woods University Plans Commencement Aug. 4

A William Woods University alumna turned professor will address the August graduates during WWU’s 11th summer commencement Saturday, Aug. 4.


Carrie McCray, an instructor of American Sign Language interpreting, will give the commencement speech. She is the 2007 recipient of the Louis D. Beaumont Dad’s Association Distinguished Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching at WWU.


A total of 262 students will graduate. With increased campus enrollment and the growth of the university’s outreach programs, William Woods now holds graduation ceremonies in May, August and December each year. The combined total of graduates in the past 12 months is 1,272.


The commencement ceremony and hooding of candidates for graduate degrees will be held at 10 a.m. in Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center. The university will grant 19 associate of art, 28 bachelor of science, 96 master of business administration, 86 master of education and 33 specialist of education in school administration degrees.


Students from Graduate & Adult Studies cohorts in Columbia, Eminence, Fulton
Jefferson City, Hannibal, Hayti, Mercer, Moberly, Osage Beach, Poplar Bluff and Winona
will receive their diplomas.


In addition, approximately 40 students from the Southeast Asian island of Taiwan will graduate. William Woods has had a program of educating students from Taiwan since 1992.


The commencement speaker, McCray, is a William Woods alumna and has taught at the university for two years. Before that, she had been the staff interpreter and coordinator of the Office of Disability Services on campus for eight years. She also was an adjunct faculty member for two years.

Not only did McCray earn a B.S. in psychology and ASL interpreting from WWU in 1997, she received her master of education in curriculum and instruction here in 2004, as well. She is pursuing her doctorate in educational leadership and policy analysis at the University of Missouri.


She is certified by the MICS (Missouri Interpreter Certification System) at the Comprehensive level (2001) and licensed by the State of Missouri at the Comprehensive Level.


Her areas of expertise are mental health interpreting, educational interpreting, ethics of interpreters, interpreting in theatrical settings and the business aspects of freelance interpreting.


McCray has been a board member of the State Committee of Interpreters since 2000 and a member of the CIT Conference of Interpreter Trainers since 2005. She was a board member of Midwest L.E.A.D. Institute, 2003-2006, and a member of AHEAD (Association of Higher Education and Disability) in 2004.


She is active in Ham’s Prairie Christian Church and chaired vacation bible school in 2005 and 2006. She also volunteers at Fulton Preschool, teaching sign language.


McCray and her husband, Chuck, have two daughters, Rylee Paige, 5, and Ellie Addison, 4.