More than 160 students to graduate at November ceremonies

BOLIVAR, Mo. — Southwest Baptist University is set to confer degrees upon 166 Fall 2020 graduates during commencement ceremonies on Friday, Nov. 20 in two locations – the Jane and Ken Meyer Wellness and Sports Center and Pike Auditorium in Mabee Chapel on the Bolivar campus.

  • The opening ceremony, which will be held at 1 p.m. in the Jane and Ken Meyer Wellness and Sports Center, provides May 2020 graduates who registered the opportunity to participate in an in-person ceremony. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the spring commencement was a virtual ceremony in order to follow county and state health guidelines.
  • The College of Arts and Sciences ceremony is at 2 p.m. in Pike Auditorium of Mabee Chapel.
  • The College of Professional Programs ceremony is at 3 p.m. in the Jane and Ken Meyer Wellness and Sports Center.
  • The College of Health Professions ceremony is at 4 p.m. in Pike Auditorium of Mabee Chapel.
  • The College of Health Professions/Associate of Nursing ceremony is at 5 p.m. in the Jane and Ken Meyer Wellness and Sports Center.

Dr. Kevin Schriver ’83, dean of the Geneva Casebolt College of Arts and Sciences and professor of psychology, will deliver the commencement address at the May 2020, Arts and Sciences, and Professional Programs ceremonies. Dea Geujen, chief nursing officer of Mercy Springfield, will be the featured speaker at the Health Professions and Associate of Nursing ceremonies.

Schriver, who joined the SBU faculty in 1989, currently serves as SBU’s NCAA faculty representative to the Great Lakes Valley Conference and the NCAA Division II membership, and most recently served on the steering committee for the Higher Learning Commission accreditation review for SBU. He and his wife, Denise, attend Second Baptist Church in Springfield, Mo., and have been involved with the Stained Glass Theatre in Ozark, Mo. They have three grown children, all of whom graduated from SBU.

Geujen has served as the chief nursing officer of Mercy Springfield since 2017, and began her career with Mercy 17 years ago by assisting with opening the ambulatory surgery center. Her involvement in orthopedic care at Mercy led to her assisting in the planning and development in Mercy’s Orthopedic Hospital Springfield. Geujen and her husband have two daughters.

For more information about the commencement ceremonies, please visit SBUniv.info/graduation or email the Office of the Provost at provostoffice@SBUniv.edu.

*Published: 11-13-2020