Webster University’s Kansas City campus location celebrated its 38th annual commencement May 23, and it was truly a uniquely Webster occasion.
Several visitors from the home campus in St. Louis joined the ceremony, which also featured local traditions and representation from Webster K.C. alumni.
Provost Julian Schuster gave the keynote address, and faculty, graduates and families were entertained by local jazz legend Lester “Duck” Warner, who has opened Webster K.C. ceremonies for many years with the U.S. national anthem and another selection. (This year the extra selection was “I Wish You Love.”)
Webster’s Chief Communications Officer Barbara O’Malley also attended, as did the retiring Mary Krchma in one of her final events for the Alumni and Development Office. Staff and alumni will miss all of Krchma’s work with K.C. alumni over the years.
Some of those alumni were in attendance, included chapter president Andrea Murdock and fellow alumni Stacey Rhodes and Stephanie Hayes, who all helped welcome the new graduates into Webster’s elite 155,000-strong global network of accomplished, connected citizens.
Webster Nursing department chair and associate professor Jennifer Broeder also attended to see some of her graduates. Webster’s Nursing program offers an RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and an MSN with nurse educator and nurse leadership tracks — popular programs at both the Kansas City and St. Louis campuses.
In fact, the outstanding undergraduate award recipient was Donald Fausett, who earned his BSN. Candice Biggins, who earned the M.A. in Counseling, received the graduate award.
As is so often the case, a newly minted Webster graduating class included one of our own: Pola Firestone, community relations coordinator for Kansas City, earned her M.A. in Marketing.