Retiring William Jewell College President David Sallee will deliver the address in his final Commencement ceremony at 1 p.m. May 14 in the Mabee Center for Physical Education on the campus in Liberty, Mo.
As part of Jewell’s commencement traditions, graduates will make the ceremonial last walk around the Quad behind bagpipers and a color guard at about 12:30 p.m.
Sallee has been president of William Jewell since August 2000 and is the longest serving president among Kansas City-area colleges and universities. Before serving at Jewell, he was vice president of enrollment management at Luther College in Iowa and at Oklahoma Baptist University.
Under his leadership, William Jewell has celebrated the opening of the Pryor Center for Leadership Development, Shumaker Hall and Pryor Learning Commons, as well as improvements to Yates-Gill College Union. Areas of focus under his tenure have included the long-term strength of the college, enhancing the college’s partnership with Kansas City, increasing access and availability of technology, growing the use of technology in teaching and learning, increasing the diversity of the student body and providing critical student resources.
The student speaker, chosen by the senior class, will be Simone Stewart, senior Spanish and physics major.
Also part of the ceremony, Mary Marks Sallee, wife of David Sallee, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree for exemplary service.
Earlier in the day, Jewell will host a baccalaureate service at 9 a.m. May 14 in John Gano Memorial Chapel on campus. The baccalaureate speaker will be Rev. Dr. Andrew L. Pratt, William Jewell vice president for social responsibility and engagement and Dean of the Chapel.
At 10:30 a.m., candidates for the Masters of Science in Education degree will take part in a hooding ceremony in Gano Chapel.
There will also be a nursing pinning ceremony at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 13, at the Mabee Center for graduating nursing students.