It’s graduation time at Kansas State University with commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 5, at Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus in Salina and Friday, May 11, and Saturday, May 12, on the main campus in Manhattan.
Nearly 3,400 students are candidates for graduation. To be awarded will be more than 2,700 bachelor’s, nearly 660 master’s, about 90 doctorates, 106 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and three associate degrees. Several students will be multiple degree recipients. More than 330 students are earning degrees through K-State Global Campus distance programs.
The 2018 graduates are part of the 151st class to graduate from Kansas State University.
This year’s commencement speakers include the university’s president and first lady, the outgoing provost, retired executives from Cargill and Union Pacific, a distinguished architect and the president of the Georgia Institute of Technology, who is a Kansas State University alumnus.
Ceremonies start at 10 a.m. May 5 with commencement for Kansas State Polytechnic in the campus’s Student Life Center. Commencement speaker will be Mary Jo Myers, Kansas State University’s first lady. Myers has a long background in public service involving military, educational and humanitarian organizations.
Mary Jo Myers has a rich background in public service related to military, educational and humanitarian organizations and programs. A military spouse for more than 40 years, Myers has won multiple awards for her humanitarian work. She currently serves on the Women’s Initiative Policy Advisory Council formed by Laura Bush as part of the Bush Foundation. Myers also was appointed to the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation in February 2006 and served through 2009.
She is a founding member and president emeritus of the Aschiana Foundation, which supports literacy and vocational training for street children in Afghanistan. Myers serves on the board of MediSend, an organization that offers training in biomedical equipment repair, as well as donations of medical equipment and supplies to charitable hospitals around the world. She received its first Humanitarian Award in 2004. Other awards include The Spirit of the USO Award and National Defense University’s American Spirit Award in 2005.
Myers is a partner in a business, Moscow on the Potomac, that imports handcrafted items from Russia. She recently retired as associate director of public affairs at Hayes and Associates and was an educator in secondary and adult education throughout her husband’s military career.
Her dedication to the military continues through her service on the board of trustees for Fisher House, which provides free lodging to military family members while loved ones are receiving medical treatment. She was instrumental in establishing the Hero Miles program, operated by the Fisher House Foundation, that uses donated frequent flyer miles to purchase tickets for families of hospitalized military members.
Along with serving as K-State’s first lady, Myers is a member of the Kansas State University Foundation’s board of trustees and is a co-chair of the foundation’s Inspiration and Innovation Campaign. She also has served on the board of the K-State Alumni Association.
Graduate degrees will be awarded May 11 on the Manhattan campus. The Graduate School ceremony will be at 1 p.m. in Bramlage Coliseum.G.P. “Bud” Peterson, the president of Georgia Tech and a Kansas State University alumnus, will receive an honorary doctorate — the highest honor the university gives — at the ceremony and serve as commencement speaker.
Kansas Board of Regents member Dennis Mullin, Manhattan, will represent the board at commencement for the Graduate School and at the College of Veterinary Medicine ceremony, which will be at 3:30 p.m. May 12 in McCain Auditorium. The college’s speaker will be Michael Apley, who holds the Edwin J. Frick professorship in veterinary medicine at the college. Apley earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University.
On May 12, undergraduate colleges on the Manhattan campus will award degrees, and the College of Architecture, Planning and Design, whose graduates participate in the Graduate School ceremony, will have a recognition ceremony. The following is the schedule of ceremonies and speakers:
• College of Arts and Sciences, 8:30 a.m., Bramlage Coliseum, with Jim Haymaker, retired corporate vice president of strategy and development at Cargill, as speaker. Haymaker earned bachelor’s degrees in economics and French from Kansas State University.
• College of Architecture, Planning & Design, 10 a.m., in McCain Auditorium, with Cheryl McAfee, CEO of McAfee3 Architects, Atlanta, as speaker. McAfee earned her bachelor’s degree in architecture from Kansas State University.
• College of Education, 11 a.m., Bramlage Coliseum, with David Griffin Sr., assistant dean of the College of Education, director of the college’s Center for Student Services and Professional Services, and an associate professor of curriculum and instruction, as speaker. Griffin is retiring in June following 26 years with the college. He is a Kansas State University alumnus, earning his doctorate in educational administration and leadership.
• College of Business Administration, 12:30 p.m., Bramlage Coliseum, with Candace Duncan, retired managing partner of KPMG in Washington, D.C., as speaker. Duncan earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Kansas State University.
• College of Agriculture, 2:30 p.m., Bramlage Coliseum, with Richard Myers, Kansas State University president, as speaker. Myers is a retired U.S. Air Force four-star general and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who became the university’s 14th president in 2016. A Kansas State University alumnus, he earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and was a member of the Air Force ROTC program.
• College of Human Ecology, 4:30 p.m., Bramlage Coliseum, with April Mason, the university’s provost and senior vice president. Mason is leaving Kansas State University after serving in her current position for eight years.
• College of Engineering, 6:30 p.m., Bramlage Coliseum, with Ivor “Ike Evans, retired president and chief operating officer of Union Pacific Railroad, as speaker. Evans earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Kansas State University.
DVDs of the ceremonies may be ordered through the K-State Campus Store at 800-KSU-CATS or 785-532-6583.
Commissioning ceremonies for the university’s graduating Air Force and Army ROTC cadets will both be May 11 in the K-State Student Union. The Air Force ROTC ceremony will be at 8 a.m. in Forum Hall, while the Army ROTC ceremony will be at 10 a.m. in the Main Ballroom.