Archive for Thursday, December 16, 2004

Baker graduation set for Sunday

December 16, 2004

Michael R. Zedek, rabbi emeritus at Temple B'Nail Jehudah in Kansas City, Mo., and Michael Braude, retired president and chief executive officer of the Kansas City Board of Trade, will address Baker University graduates during winter commencement ceremonies Sunday in Collins Sports and Convention Center.

The University will confer nearly 500 undergraduate, graduate and nursing degrees.

Braude 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. Zedek will address graduate-level students at the School of Professional and Graduate Studies at 4:30 p.m.

Braude joined the Kansas City Board of Trade as president and chief executive officer in April 1984. He retired in December 2000.

The Kansas City Board of Trade is the world's largest market for hard red winter wheat, with transactions negotiated in the board's trading pit providing the benchmark for wheat prices around the world. A member of the Baker University Board of Trustees from 1992 to 1996, Braude serves as director of Midwest Trust Co., Kansas City, Mo.; Midwest Grain Products Inc., Atchison, Kan.; and NPC International Inc., Pittsburg, Kan.

Braude earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri and his master's degree from Columbia University, New York.

Zedek joined the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati in July 2000 after 24 years as senior rabbi at Temple B'Nai Jehudah, Kansas City, Mo. At Temple B'Nai Jehudah, Zedek introduced numerous programs, social action projects, outreach activities, worship and educational opportunities that received national recognition. When he was selected as senior rabbi in 1976, he was the youngest person in the U.S. to head a major congregation.

Zedek is a member of the Baker University Board of Trustees, and served as a Jewish Chautauqua Society adjunct faculty member at Baker from 1977 to 2000.

He received his bachelor's degree from Hamilton College, Clinton, New York; and his master's and doctoral degrees from Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati, Ohio.

A graduation day worship service for graduates and their families will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Clarice L. Osborne Memorial Chapel, followed by a commencement luncheon between 10:30 a.m. and noon at Harter Union.

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