William Jewell College will celebrate commencement at 1 p.m. May 14 in the Mabee Center for Physical Education on the campus in Liberty, Mo.
Dr. Anne Dema, provost of William Jewell College, will be the commencement speaker. 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.
Anne Dema, Ph.D., joined the William Jewell College faculty in 1993 and served as assistant professor, associate professor and professor of chemistry. She held the position of Associate Dean for General Education at William Jewell before being named Special Assistant to the President for Planning in 2005. In 2007, she was appointed Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and President’s Chief of Staff before being named to the Provost’s position in 2010. She received her B.S. from Pittsburg State University and her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. While a faculty member at Jewell, Dr. Dema received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching for the State of Missouri in 1999. Also in 1999, she was recognized by the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce with the Excellence in Teaching Award. Additional distinctions include recognition as Advisor of the Year (1997-98) and Professor of the Year (1994-95) at William Jewell. She was named to Project Kaleidoscope’s Faculty for the 21st Century in 1994.
The baccalaureate service will be held at 9 a.m. May 14 in John Gano Memorial Chapel on the campus. Speaker for the service is Amy H. Hartsfield, Th.D. Dr. Hartsfield serves as counselor and assessment consultant at Central Baptist Theological Seminary and is a consultant for various educational, church and civic organizations. She earned a B.A. in biology from Barnard College in New York City and is also a graduate of Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, where she earned a master of divinity and a doctor of theology.
William Jewell College is committed to bringing together talented students and gifted faculty mentors within a vibrant community sparked by a rigorous and intentional liberal arts curriculum. A full range of personal and professional development experiences are presented by the selective national liberal arts college’s location within the Kansas City metroplex of more than two million.