Drury University conferred degrees to 306 students during Winter Commencement on Saturday, Dec. 19 in Weiser Gymnasium.
Two-hundred-eighty-two students received undergraduate degrees and 24 earned master’s degrees.
Drury’s Director of Education and Child Development Dr. Christopher Craig was the commencement speaker. Craig earned a bachelor of music education from Drury in 1982. In 1986, Craig graduated from Drury with a master’s degree in education. He went on to earn a Doctorate of Education from the George Peabody College for Teachers of Vanderbilt University in 1994.
Craig, who is visually impaired, shared his unique life experience with Drury graduates. “I feel honored to have been asked to speak at graduation,” says Dr. Craig. “Drury has always meant a great deal to me, and I am pleased to be able to share with our graduates how my Drury education has helped me overcome major barriers as an individual with a disability and reach my professional and personal life goals. There is still so much to do and learn. I finally made it back to Drury, and it is good to be home.”
Prior to coming to Drury, Craig was Missouri State’s Associate Provost and served in other leadership roles within the college of education at MSU. He also worked as an administrator in Springfield Public Schools.
|Video: 2009 Winter Commencement|