Webster University has announced its speaker for the 2012 Commencement ceremony in St. Louis: Anne W. Patterson, U.S. Ambassador to Egypt.
Patterson will deliver the commencement address and receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at Webster University’s 2012 commencement ceremony, to be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 12 at the Muny in Forest Park.
In addition, Webster alumna Mary Ann Wyrsch (BA ’65) and Mike Woolston, mayor of Joplin, Mo., will receive honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees. During the ceremony, Mayor Woolston will deliver words of inspiration and Ms. Wyrsch will welcome graduates to the Webster University alumni network.
This year President Beth Stroble will not be at the ceremony in St. Louis thanks to a special occasion in her own family: The college graduation of her daughter on the same day. Provost Julian Schuster and Chancellor Neil George will handle the ceremonies.
A message from President Stroble:
This year’s commencement provides exceptional opportunities to celebrate Webster graduates’ accomplishments, and I am glad for Provost Schuster and Chancellor George’s leadership at the ceremonies. I will be thinking of all of you as I celebrate our daughter’s commencement at Seton Hill University on the morning of May 12 as she receives her bachelor’s degree.
Read the University news release for more about Ambassador Patterson, Mayor Woolston and former United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees Wyrsch.