Drury University holds its final graduation in Weiser Gymnasium


SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 18, 2010 —Drury University handed out degrees to 336 students during Winter Commencement on Saturday morning, Dec. 18. This marked the final graduation in Weiser Gymnasium after 56 years of hosting the event. Future commencement ceremonies will be held in the O’Reilly Family Event Center.

The final graduation in Weiser Gymnasium

Commencement speaker Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies, and Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School and College of Arts and Sciences, told graduates, “Take what you know and ask the right questions. Test what you know, lest you become outdated or complacent. Take what you know and change the bad to the good and the good to the better.” Levine, who has made multiple speeches at Drury, also received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Drury.

Dr. Amy Jill Levine addresses Drury graduates

During the final graduation ceremony in Weiser, all of the individuals who have provided commencement addresses in the historic building were honored in a commemorative program that was given to graduates and their guests. The list of past graduation speakers includes former U.S. Senators John Danforth and George McGovern, Fred “Mr.” Rogers and Drury alumnus Bob Barker. Civic and community leaders and humanitarians who have received the honorary doctorate in Weiser from 1954 – 2010 were also recognized.

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