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William Woods University in Fulton, Mo., held its winter commencements Dec. 14 and 15. Kristen Asher of Thompson, Mo., graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree.
Dec. 14’s graduation marked the first time WWU awarded doctorate degrees. Dr. Julie Dill of Warsaw, Mo., and Dr. Amy James of Ashland, Mo., earned their doctorates in educational leadership.
Dr. Lynn Priddy was the commencement speaker Friday night. Priddy serves as vice president for accreditation services for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Dr. Julian Hertzog addressed the Saturday graduates. Hertzog, WWU professor of education and psychology, was the 2012 recipient of the Dads’ Association-Louis D. Beaumont Distinguished Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching, an award he also won in 1989.
A total of 240 December degrees were conferred over the two-day period. Another 302 graduates whose degrees were conferred in August were eligible to participate in the winter ceremony. A combined total of 777 students in all disciplines have graduated from WWU in the past 12 months.
Degrees earned by December and August graduates combined include six associate of arts, six bachelor of arts, 67 bachelor of science, 110 master of business administration, 271 master of education and 77 educational specialist degrees.
William Woods University is an independent, professions-oriented, liberal arts-based institution serving the educational needs of both men and women.
William Woods has an enrollment of about 3,200 students, and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a variety of disciplines in both campus and outreach settings,
The 180-acre main campus is located in the mid-Missouri community of Fulton. Since its founding in 1870, the mission of William Woods has been to provide a quality education while ensuring the development of the individual.