SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 14, 2009 — Drury University will confer degrees to 306 students during Winter Commencement at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19 in Weiser Gymnasium.
Two-hundred-eighty-two students will receive undergraduate degrees and 24 will be given master’s degrees.
Drury’s Director of Education and Child Development Dr. Christopher Craig is 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, will share 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.
Drury is an independent University, church related, grounded in the liberal arts tradition and committed to personalized education in a community of scholars who value the arts of teaching and learning. Education at Drury seeks to cultivate spiritual sensibilities and imaginative faculties as well as ethical insight and critical thought; to foster the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge; and to liberate persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to a global community. For more information, visit www.drury.edu/strategicplan.
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