December 13, 2010
NEWS: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 13, 2010 — Drury University will confer degrees to 342 students during Winter Commencement at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 18 in Weiser Gymnasium. 308 students will receive undergraduate degrees and 34 will be given master’s degrees.
This graduation marks the end of an era, as it will be the final commencement ceremony in Weiser Gymnasium. Future graduation ceremonies will be in the O’Reilly Family Event Center. “For 56 years Weiser Gymnasium has been the scene of Drury’s vibrant spring commencement,” says Drury Registrar Gale Boutwell. “An annual winter commencement was added in December 2001 to accommodate a growing number of graduates. The graduation on Dec 18 will provide a means for Drury to honor the last class of Drury students receiving associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in this historic facility.”
During the final graduation ceremony in Weiser, all of the individuals who have provided commencement addresses in the historic building will be honored in a commemorative program that will be given to graduates and their guests. Civic and community leaders and humanitarians who have received the honorary doctorate in Weiser from 1954 – 2010 will also be recognized.
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, is the commencement speaker. Besides holding a Ph.D. from Duke University, Levine also has honorary doctorates from the University of Richmond, the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, and the University of South Carolina-Upstate. Levine is the author and editor of several books including, The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus and The Historical Jesus in Context.
Levine, who describes herself as a, “Yankee Jewish feminist who teaches in a predominantly Christian divinity school in the buckle of the Bible Belt,” is no stranger to Drury. Levine was a featured speaker in the 2005-2006 Sustainability convocation series, as well as the 2008-2009 Entrepreneurship & Innovation series. Levine is a vibrant speaker who combines historical-critical rigor, literary-critical sensitivity, and a frequent dash of humor with a commitment to eliminating anti-Jewish, sexist and homophobic theologies.
Contact: Day School: Tim Posey, (417) 873-6859, firstname.lastname@example.org. CGCS: Stephen Eisele, (417) 873-7872, email@example.com.
Media: Members of the news media are invited to photograph or videotape the final graduation in Weiser gymnasium.
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