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More Than 2,500 Students Graduate This Spring


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The University of Missouri-Kansas City is graduating 2,510 students at a series of Spring Commencement ceremonies.

Also during commencement exercises, four leaders will receive honorary doctorate degrees. The honorees are Michael Kaiser, president of the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington D.C., Conservatory of Music and Dance; Jessie O. Kirksey, principal of John T. Hartman Elementary School in Kansas City, School of Education; James B. Nutter Sr., founder of James B. Nutter & Co. mortgage company School of Medicine; and John Sherman, founder of Inergy, L.P. (now Crestwood Midstream Partners L.P.), School of Education. UMKC awards the honorary degrees to those whose leadership and achievements exemplify the best of the city and university.

Students in the Class of 2014 graduated at 12 different ceremonies beginning May 15. One more ceremony remains:

  • The School of Medicine commencement is at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 22 at The Music Hall. Speaker will be William Douglas Zweig (M.D. ’80), Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, pulmonologist, Pulmonary Consultants Inc. Nutter will receive his honorary doctorate at this ceremony.

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