Baker graduation honors speakers
William Tammeus, editorial page columnist for The Kansas City Star, and Kathleen Sebelius, commissioner of insurance for the state of Kansas, will speak at Baker University commencement ceremonies on Sunday, Dec. 17, at Collins Center in Baldwin City. About 530 students will receive undergraduate and graduate degrees from the
state's oldest four-year university.
Tammeus will address students receiving undergraduate degrees from each of the University's three schools the College of Arts and Sciences in Baldwin City, School of Nursing in Topeka, and School of Professional and Graduate based in Overland Park. The ceremony begins at 1 p.m. Sebelius will address students receiving graduate degrees from the School of Professional and Graduate Studies at a 4:30 p.m. ceremony.
Following his address, Tammeus will be honored by the University with a Trustee Medallion for distinguished service in journalism. Sebelius will be honored with a Trustee Medallion for distinguished public service.
In addition to Sunday's activities, Baker School of Nursing graduates will participate in a pinning ceremony on Friday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m. at Grace Cathedral Church in Topeka.
Tammeus began at The Kansas City Star in 1970. He also has written for the Washington Post, New York Times, and Rolling Stone magazine. Tammeus was a member of the Star's writing staff that won the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting.
Sebelius has served as commissioner of insurance since 1994 and is the first female to hold the office. Previously, she was a four-term legislator in the Kansas House of Representatives. She serves on the Kansas Health Care Commission and National Association of Health Commissioners.