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SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Aug. 11, 2010 — Drury University will confer degrees to 194 graduates at the summer 2010 commencement ceremonies at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 14, in the Findlay Student Center. 107 students will receive undergraduate degrees and another 87 will earn graduate degrees, including the first group to receive the Master of Studio Art.
Brian Williams, who received his Master of Business Administration in May from Drury, is the keynote speaker. Williams is the president of Springfield Neurological and Spine Institute. Williams' career is highlighted by 20 years in the Army, including eight on active duty, before retiring as a lieutenant colonel.
Following his active duty Army career, Williams spent ten years in commercial banking working first as a vice president for Boatmen's Bank in Springfield. After Boatmen's Bank, he was a founding shareholder and member of the executive management team at The Bank. While at The Bank, he was a senior vice president of marketing and business development and the president of the Battlefield Community Bank.
Due to the opening this fall of the O'Reilly Family Event Center, Saturday's graduation marks the final commencement in the Findlay Student Center.
Media: Members of the media are welcome to videotape or photograph the commencement ceremony.
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