More than 200 students to graduate at SBU winter commencement ceremonies

Southwest Baptist University is set to graduate 236 students at two winter 2015 commencement ceremonies. The Bolivar campus will hold commencement at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, in the Jane and Ken Meyer Wellness Center.

Dr. Patricia N. Long, an SBU alumna who retired in July 2014 after eight years as the first female president of Baker University, will deliver the commencement address at the Bolivar ceremony. During her time at Baker University, Long oversaw the renovation and addition of a new $11.3 million science facility, a $6 million new residence hall and a $6 million renovation of the student union, which was renamed the Long Student Center in her honor.

Long holds a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics from SBU, a master's degree in adult education from the University of Central Missouri and a doctorate in educational policy and leadership in higher education from the University of Kansas. She earned the SBU Life Service Award in 2004.

The Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU will hold winter commencement at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, at Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Springfield.

Elizabeth Day, a graduating student with an associate of science in nursing (ASN), will deliver the Springfield campus commencement ceremony address. Brenna Stanley, who is also graduating with an ASN, will present the music.

For more information about the Bolivar commencement, please contact the Office of the Provost at (417) 328-1601. For more information about the Springfield commencement, please contact the Springfield campus at (417) 820-6422.