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Jewell to celebrate commencement May 5
Contact: Rob Eisele816-415-7574
April 23, 2007

William Jewell College will observe baccalaureate and commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 5, on the college campus in Liberty, Mo.

The college’s baccalaureate service will be held at 9 a.m in John Gano Memorial Chapel. A reception for seniors and family members follows immediately in the President’s Home. Speaking at the baccalaureate service is Dr. Cal LeMon, president of Executive Enrichment Inc., a corporate education and consulting firm. Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II will offer the commencement address at 2 p.m. in the Mabee Center for Physical Education.

The graduating class will observe the campus tradition of the last walk around the quad at approximately 1:45 p.m.

Baccalaureate speaker Dr. Cal LeMon has been designated among the “Ten Best Speakers in America,” with a client list that includes Texas Instruments, Marsh & McLennan Insurance, El Paso Corporation, Clarins Cosmetics and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. After an acclaimed career in the ministry that included serving as senior minister of a large, multi-staff parish and a chaplain at Harvard University, Dr. LeMon made a professional shift to become a senior faculty member with National Seminars Group. He traveled across the United States, Canada and Europe and quickly became the company’s highest-rated male presenter. His newspaper columns have appeared regularly on the Opinion Page of USA Today. His articles have been published in HR Magazine and the journal Employment Relations Today.

Commencement speaker Emanuel Cleaver II is currently serving his second term representing the Fifth District of Missouri in the House of Representatives and sits on the exclusive Financial Services Committee. Having grown up in public housing, Congressman Cleaver has dedicated his career in public service to economic development and social concerns. He was born in Waxahachie, Texas, and graduated high school in Wichita Falls, Texas. Congressman Cleaver went on to attend Prairie View A & M University, earning a B.S. in sociology. He continued his education in Kansas City, Mo., where he obtained a Master’s in Divinity from St. Paul’s School of Theology. Cleaver is an ordained Methodist minister and still serves as Senior Pastor at St. James United Methodist Church in Kansas City. He was first elected to public office in 1979 as a City Councilman in Kansas City. During his 12-year tenure, he served as Mayor Pro Tem and was an active Chairman of the Planning and Zoning Committee. Cleaver’s experience on the City Council paved the way to a two-term stint as mayor of Kansas City, where he made history as the first African American elected to that office. As Mayor, Cleaver worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life for the city’s residents. He championed programs and initiatives designed to create jobs and stimulate economic development, including infrastructure improvements, city planning and youth outreach. Cleaver’s exemplary leadership earned him a two-term position as President of the National Conference of Black Mayors.

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