Barbecue sauce creator to be at BU commencement
Richard Davis, creator of KC Masterpiece Barbecue Sauce and co-founder of KC Masterpiece Barbecue & Grill restaurants, and Donald Fletcher, president of Hallmark North America and International, will address Baker University graduates during winter commencement ceremonies Sunday, Dec. 14, in Collins Sports and Convention Center.
The University will confer more than 230 undergraduate, graduate and nursing degrees.
Davis will address the undergraduates of the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Professional and Graduate Studies as well as the School of Nursing at 1 p.m. Fletcher will address graduate-level students at the School of Professional and Graduate Studies at 4:30 p.m.
Davis, a former family and child psychiatrist, gave up his practice in 1977 to focus on his prize-winning barbecue sauce. Since then, Davis has also written two books about his craft, "All About Barbecue Kansas City Style" and "The All-American Barbecue Book." He earned degrees from the University of Kansas and the University of Kansas School of Medicine. In addition to his medical practice, he has taught psychiatry at the University of Kansas, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Eastern Virginia Medical School and the University of North Dakota.
Fletcher, also a corporate officer at Hallmark Cards, Inc., serves as chair of the company's business leadership council. Fletcher joined Hallmark in 1967 and held various product-marketing positions within the Hallmark and Ambassador brands. He was appointed vice president of product development in 1995 and assumed his current responsibilities in 1997. Fletcher earned a bachelor's degree in general business from Drake University and served in the United States Army. He serves on the Baker University Board of Trustees and the Drake University National Advisory Board.
A graduation day worship service for graduates and their families will begin at 9 a.m. at the Clarice L. Osborne Memorial Chapel, followed by a commencement luncheon between 10:30 a.m. and noon at Harter Union. A President's Reception at Collins House for graduates, family members, alumni and faculty will be at 2:30 p.m.