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James Bone receives a doctoral hood at Drury's spring 2010 commencement

Nearly 600 students earn degrees at Drury’s spring commencement

For Immediate Release: May 15

Mark Miller
Director of Media Relations, University Communications
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo., May 15, 2010 — Drury University conferred degrees to 585 students during the 137th spring commencement today.

James Bone, a 1980 Drury graduate, member of the Panthers’ 1979 NAIA national championship team, and a member of the Drury Board of Trustees addressed the 234 graduates from Drury’s traditional Day School.

“My education at Drury allowed me to enjoy a successful career in financial services as a senior executive responsible for operations in North America, South America, Canada and India,” Bone said. “As the son of a steel mill and postal worker from Chattanooga, Tennessee I could not have imagined how Drury could make such a difference in my life.”

Bone was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. After graduation from Drury, Bone went on to receive a master’s of education, and he is completing graduate work at Harvard University. Bone recently founded Global Compliance Advisors, LLC. His company provides advanced compliance and operational risk approaches for firms. Before founding his company, Bone was a senior vice president of risk management for Fidelity Investments Institutional Services Company, Inc.

Earlier in the day, 351 graduates earned degrees from Drury’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS); 48 of those were master’s degrees and the other 303 were undergraduate degrees. The new dean of Drury’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies, Dr. Brian Holloway, sent the graduates off with a message about what he called “the gospel of self-improvement.”

“Use the lessons you’ve learned, never give up,” Holloway said. “Be a beacon, be a shining light for the gospel of self-improvement and spread that light throughout the land.”

Today marked the final spring commencement in Weiser Gymnasium after 62 years. In May of 2011, Drury’s commencement will move into the O’Reilly Family Event Center.


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