Baker commencement activities announced
Baker University will confer more than 600 undergraduate and graduate degrees during winter commencement on Sunday. Kala M. Stroup, president of American Humanics, Inc., and Gwendolyn Grant, president and chief executive officer of the Urban League of Kansas City and a member of the University's Board of Trustees, will address the graduates.
Commencement activities begin on Friday with the School of Nursing Pinning Ceremony at 7:30 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Cathedral Church in Topeka.
Commencement day activities begin at 9:30 a.m. with a worship service at Osborne Chapel. A commencement luncheon will follow from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Harter Union.
Undergraduates from each of the University's three schools, the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Nursing, and School of Professional and Graduate Studies, will receive degrees at a 1 p.m. ceremony. Stroup will address the graduates. Graduate degree candidates from the School of Professional and Graduate Studies will receive degrees at the 4:30 p.m. ceremony. Grant will address the graduates.
Stroup is president of American Humanics, which is based in Kansas City. American Humanics is the only national organization that prepares undergraduate students for professional careers in the nonprofit sector. She previously served as the Missouri commissioner of higher education, president of Southeast Missouri State University, vice president for academic affairs and a professor at Emporia State University, and several administrative positions at the University of Kansas.
She is currently serving on the American Association for Higher Education Board of Directors, National Center's Forum on State Policy Implementation, and Association of Governing Boards Center for Public Higher Education Trusteeship and Governance Council. Her many honors include being inducted into the University of Kansas Women's Hall of Fame.
Prior to leading the Urban League, Grant was a consultant for the Whitney M. Young Center for Urban Leadership and site manager for Penn Valley Community College.
Grant currently serves as the director of the Urban League's Multicultural Leadership Development Institute. She also serves as the liaison to the Office of the Mayor of Kansas City, Mo., on issues of race relations, education, and economic development and the liaison to the United Way on outcome measurement process planning and other United Way matters.
A graduation reception, hosted by President and Mrs. Lambert, will be at Collins House immediately following each ceremony.