Commencement Tip Sheet

Spring commencement at Southeast Missouri State University is planned for 2 p.m. May 14 in the Show Me Center.  An Honors Convocation is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. May 14, also in the Show Me Center.  Some candidates for graduation have reported interesting feature stories about themselves that could be developed in connection with commencement.  These story tips with contact names and phone numbers are listed below.  Students will begin assembling for commencement at 1:15 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center.  The Southeast News Bureau is happy to make arrangements for you to meet and interview any of the graduates listed below between 1:15 and 1:30 p.m. May 14 in the Student Recreation Center.  Please do not hesitate to call the News Bureau at (573) 651-2552 with any questions about these or other commencement stories.

Sean Gallagher of St. Charles, Mo., will graduate from Southeast with a bachelor of arts degree in communication studies and a minor in creative writing.  Gallagher will be leaving for Cooperstown, N.Y., after graduation to participate in the Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.  The program begins in June and runs through August.  After Gallagher finishes his internship, he will be participating in a 10-month inner city youth program called “City Year New York.”  The program is sponsored by AmeriCorps, and promotes the concept of national service as a means to build a stronger democracy and society.  Gallagher can be reached at (314) 348-0494.

Frances Jenkins of Oak Ridge, Mo., will graduate from Southeast with a bachelor of science degree in human environmental studies, with options in hospital management and dietetics. During the course of her education at Southeast, Jenkins completed an internship at Tamms Super Maximum Prison.  Her responsibility was to validate two months worth of the Illinois state correction system’s cycle menus for nutritional adequacy.  Jenkins can be reached at (573) 275-3972.

Amanda Pagano of Cape Girardeau, Mo., will graduate from Southeast with a bachelor of science in education degree with a major in English.  Amanda was diagnosed with cancer her freshman year of college at Southeast and had to move away for treatment.  In an effort to complete her education at Southeast, Pagano returned a year later in the fall after receiving 10 months of treatment.  Pagano can be reached at (314) 420-7155.    

Ronna Cook of Whitewater, Mo., will graduate from Southeast with a bachelor of science in education degree with a major in business education. Cook comes from a history of Southeast graduates, including her father, mother, uncle, aunt and two sisters.  Cook’s family has been involved in the field of education as classroom teachers, coaches, librarians and administrators.  Cook plans to continue the family tradition.  Cook can be reached at (573) 794-2343. 

Rebekah DePyper of Cape Girardeau, Mo., will graduate from Southeast with a bachelor of science in education degree with a major in early childhood education.  DePyper and her brother, Stephen DePyper, will graduate together, becoming the newest additions to a long list of Southeast graduates. Stephen DePyper will graduate with a bachelor of science in business administration degree with a major in management/human resources. The DePypers’ mother, four uncles and two cousins have received degrees from Southeast, and one uncle went on to pursue a master’s degree as well.  Bekah DePyper can be reached at (573) 275-1679. 

Stacey Ellis of Farmington, Mo., will graduate from Southeast with a bachelor of science degree with a major in health management, exercise science option.  Stacey’s mother, Mary Jo (Farkas) Ellis graduated from Southeast exactly 30 years ago in May.  Ellis can be reached at (573) 756-2189.

Dustin Estes of Wentzville, Mo., will graduate from Southeast with a bachelor of general studies degree.  Estes is the 11th person in his family to attend Southeast.  Estes can be reached at (636)639-6730.