WWU Celebrates ‘Twos’ with December Commencement

Two seems to be the magic number for William Woods University
this week. WWU will hold two commencement ceremonies, featuring two
speakers—and awarding the first two doctorates in the school’s history.

The ceremony and hooding of candidates for graduate education
degrees will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 14, while undergraduate and Master of
Business Administration degrees will be conferred at 10 a.m. Dec. 15. Both
ceremonies will be in Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center.
Dr. Lynn Priddy will be the commencement speaker Friday
night, and Dr. Julian Hertzog will address the Saturday graduates.
Priddy, serves as vice president for accreditation services
for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges
and Schools. Hertzog, WWU professor of education and psychology, was the 2012
recipient of the Dads’ Association-Louis D. Beaumont
Distinguished Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching, an award he also won
in 1989.
Julie Dill, superintendent of Johnson County R-VII School
District in Crest Ridge, and Amy James, principal of Southern Boone Elementary
School in Ashland, will be awarded doctorates in educational leadership Friday
A total of 240 December degrees will be conferred over the
two-day period. Another 302 graduates whose degrees were conferred in August
are eligible to participate in the winter ceremony. A combined total of 777
students in all disciplines have graduated from WWU in the past 12 months.
Degrees earned by December and August graduates combined include
six associate of arts, six bachelor of arts, 67 bachelor of science, 110 master
of business administration, 271 master of education and 77 educational specialist
In addition to students from the
Fulton campus, students from cohorts in 25 communities will receive their
diplomas: Blue Springs, Branson, Cabool, Cadet, Caledonia, Cape Girardeau,
Chillicothe, Columbia, Dexter, Doniphan, Fulton, Hannibal, Harrisonville,
Jefferson City, Joplin, Kirksville, Mansfield, Neosho, Nevada, New Madrid, Popular
Bluff, Rolla, Springfield, Warsaw and West Plains.
Friday’s commencement speaker, Priddy,
joined the Higher
Learning Commission in 1999. During her tenure, she has served as assistant
director of the Peer Corps, associate director of the Academic
Quality Improvement Program
 (AQIP), director of education and
training, and the founding director of the Commission’s Academy for Assessment
of Student Learning.
In her current position, she is oversees decision-making
processes, the peer corps and peer review, the Program
to Evaluate and Advance Quality
 (PEAQ) and AQIP operations, education
and training, and the Academy for Assessment of Student Learning.
Priddy is a summa cum laude graduate at the baccalaureate,
master’s, and doctoral levels. She holds a B. A. in English from the State
University of New York, an M.A. in English from the University of
Minnesota-Twin Cities, and a Ph.D. in higher education, general education, with
a focus on qualitative research and evaluation, from Capella University.
Hertzog, Saturday’s speaker, has been a professor
of psychology and education at William Woods University for the last 36 years. He
attended the University of Florida, where he received his A.A, B.A., M.Ed. and
Ph.D. degrees.

Lynn Priddy
Julian Hertzog