More educators than ever before have earned their master of education degrees from William Woods University this year, as 719 graduate students have completed requirements for M.Ed. degrees in 2008 (291 in May, 88 in August and 340 in December).
The December M.Ed. graduates are among 477 students who will graduate Friday, Dec. 12. Stephen Rasmussen, city administrator of Jefferson City and an adjunct faculty member, will be the commencement speaker. A combined total of 1,279 students in all disciplines have graduated from WWU in the past 12 months.
The commencement ceremony and hooding of candidates for graduate degrees will be held at 7 p.m. in Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center. The university will grant one associate of arts, six bachelor of arts, 49 bachelor of science, one bachelor of social work, 23 master of business administration, 340 master of education and 57 specialist of education in school administration degrees.
In addition to students from the Fulton campus, students from Graduate & Adult Studies cohorts in Bakersfield, Bethany, Cape Girardeau, Carrolton, Carthage, Chillicothe, Columbia, Dearborn-North Platte, Dexter, Farmington, Hannibal, Hartville, Hazelwood, Houston, Independence, Jefferson City, Kahoka, Kirksville, Louisiana, Marshall, Moberly, Pierce City, Portageville, Raymore-Peculiar, Rock Port, Rolla, Senath, Springfield, Warsaw, Washington and West Plains will receive their diplomas.
The commencement speaker, Rasmussen, received two masters’ degrees, one in American Literature from Syracuse University and one in international affairs from Salve Regina University.
Rasmussen is also a decorated veteran, and a 1970 graduate of the U. S. Air Force Academy. During his 28 years of active services, he served in the 101st Airborne Division, and has received three Air Medals, four Meritorious Service awards, and a bronze star.
Following his retirement from active duty, he chose to pursue a career in city management. As city administrator of Jefferson City, he is the senior appointed official of the city, responsible for day-to-day management, including the departments of administration, community development, finance, fire and police, and coordination with parks, recreation and forestry.
Rasmussen prepares and administers a $68 million budget and oversees the activities of more than 400 full-time employees and 150 part-time and seasonal employees.