BU commencement set for Sunday
Kansas State Treasurer Lynn Jenkins and former University of Kansas Law School Dean Michael Hoeflich will address Baker University graduates during spring commencement ceremonies Sunday, May 18, in Collins Sports and Convention Center.
The university will confer more than 450 undergraduate, graduate and nursing degrees.
Hoeflich will address graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences at 1 p.m. Jenkins will speak to graduates of the School of Professional and Graduate Studies and the School of Nursing at 4:30 p.m.
Hoeflich, a professor of law, has written or edited six books and more than 60 articles. He is also a columnist for the Lawrence Journal-World. Hoeflich is internationally recognized as an authority on legal history, Roman law and the history of the legal profession. He taught at the University of Illinois from 1980-1988, was dean of the Syracuse University College of Law from 1988-1994, and was dean at the KU School of Law from 1994-2000. He has degrees from Haverford College, Cambridge University and Yale Law School.
Jenkins, a certified public accountant, was elected the 37th state treasurer of Kansas in November. She is responsible for an annual operating budget of $2.9 million. Jenkins has also served as a state senator and a state representative in the House. She has more than 16 years of experience in her field. She is a graduate of Kansas State University and Weber State University.
The Rev. Nanette Roberts, senior pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Baldwin City, will deliver the Baccalaureate address at 9:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Baldwin City.
Following baccalaureate, brunch will be served at 10:30 a.m. at Harter Union. A President's Reception at Collins House for graduates, family members, alumni and faculty will follow each commencement ceremony.
At the 1 p.m. commencement ceremony, Hoeflich will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree and Roberts will receive an honorary doctor of divinity degree. Jenkins will receive the Trustee Medallion for distinguished public service at the 4:30 p.m. ceremony.
In addition to Sunday's activities, Baker's School of Nursing graduates will participate in a pinning ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 16, at Grace Episcopal Cathedral in Topeka.