William Jewell College will celebrate commencement at 1 p.m. May 17 in the Mabee Center for Physical Education on the campus in Liberty, Mo. As part of the traditional commencement celebration, graduates will make the ceremonial last walk around the Quad led by bagpipers and a color guard at approximately 12:30 p.m.
Commencement speaker Dr. Ollie Malone, Jr., of Lee’s Summit, Mo. He is president of Olive Tree Associates, a consulting firm providing executive coaching and organizational consulting to organizations in the United States, Canada and beyond. Prior to his current role, Malone gained over 30 years of experience in the field of organizational psychology, working for companies such as AT&T, Sprint, Mead Corporation and Pennzoil-Quaker State. He also has experience in computer programming, education of the hearing impaired, marketing and finance.
Malone graduated from Jewell in 1975 with a degree in communication. While at Jewell, he was active in music, theater and Christian Student Ministries. He was named Mr. School Spirit and received the Colonel Alexander Doniphan Award, an honor bestowed to the senior man voted by classmates as most likely to succeed. Upon graduating, Malone continued his education at the University of Kansas, where he earned a master’s degree in hearing and speech. In addition Malone holds a master of business administration degree and doctorate degrees in adult learning and development as well as transformational leadership.
The author of four books, a book chapter and numerous articles on leadership, Malone is also an avid musician and tennis player and member of the College’s Board of Trustees.
Jewell’s baccalaureate service will also be held May 17 at 9 a.m. in John Gano Memorial Chapel on the campus. Rev. Adam Hamilton, founding pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan., will serve as the speaker. After earning his bachelor’s degree in pastoral ministry from Oral Roberts and a master of divinity degree from Southern Methodist University, he was recognized with the B’nai B’nai Award in Social Ethics. Named one of the “ten people to watch in America’s spiritual landscape” by Religion and Ethics Newsweekly and the 2012 United Methodist Person of the Year by the United Methodist Reporter, Hamilton launched the Church of the Resurrection with his wife and two daughters in 1990. Today, the church is the largest United Methodist Church in the nation with an average weekend attendance totaling 8,600.