K-State commencement speakers, schedules announced


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Commencement ceremonies at K-State are planned later this month and the university has announced some of the details surrounding each event.

In person ceremonies will honor all university graduates from 2020 as well as graduatiion candidates for May and summer 2021.The ceremonies are not open to the public and graduates are able to invite up to eight guests each.

More than 3,000 students are candidates for graduation.

The Polytechnic campus ceremony is planned for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 8 at the Tony’s Pizza Events Center in Salina.

All ceremonies at the Manhattan campus will be outside at Bill Snyder Family Stadium over the weekend of May 14 through May 16.

Schedule information from K-State officials:

Manhattan ceremonies start at 9 a.m. May 14 with the Graduate School. Hannah Shear, doctoral candidate in agricultural economics, Winchester, Kentucky, and the 2020-2021 president of the K-State Graduate Student Council, will be the speaker, while Kansas Board of Regents member Helen Van Etten, Topeka, will represent the board at the ceremonies.

Ceremonies on May 14 will wrap up at 4 p.m. with commencement for the College of Veterinary Medicine. The speaker will be Ryane Engler, a former College of Veterinary Medicine faculty member who now serves as director of veterinary skills development and an associate professor at the University of Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine. Joshuah Klutzke, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine candidate and president of the 2021 veterinary medicine class, Greenwood, Indiana, will present the student address.

Ceremonies on May 15:

• College of Arts and Sciences, 9 a.m. The speaker will be Amit Chakrabarti, dean of the college.

• College of Education, 4 p.m. The speaker is Todd Goodson, assistant dean of the college and chair of the curriculum and instruction department.

• College of Health and Human Sciences, 7:30 p.m. Speaker will be John Buckwalter, the Betty L. Tointon dean of the college.

Ceremonies on May 16:

• College of Agriculture, 8 a.m. Speaker will be Don Boggs, associate dean emeritus of the college. The student speaker will be Renata Goossen, bachelor’s candidate in horticulture, Potwin.

• College of Business Administration, 1 p.m. The speaker will be Ann Keehn, a K-State alumna and senior consultant with John Snow Inc., an international public health care consulting firm. Student remarks will be given by Marone Shimekt, bachelor’s candidate in management, Lenexa.

• Carl R. Ice College of Engineering, 6 p.m. Speaker will be Leanne Caret, a K-State alumna and president and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space & Security.


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