Commencement Tip Sheet

Fall commencement at Southeast Missouri State University is planned for 2 p.m. Dec. 17 in the Show Me Center. An Honors Convocation is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Dec. 17, 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. Dec. 17 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.

Pauline Hastings of Doniphan, Mo., will graduate from Southeast with a bachelor of science in education degree with a major in elementary education. Hastings is 60 years old and returned to school after retiring from owning her own business – a beauty salon – for 37 years. She is the first of her siblings to graduate from college. Hastings can be reached at (573) 996-7580.

Brooke Gill of Dexter, Mo., will graduate from Southeast with a bachelor of science degree with a major in social work. Gill sustained a head injury in a car accident at the age of 16. She was on life support for three weeks and in a coma for three months. She missed her entire junior year of high school and subsequently was home schooled. She returned to high school and graduated with her senior class in 1998. After completing her associate’s degree with Three Rivers Community College, she enrolled at Southeast in fall 2001. She has lived on campus in Southeast’s residence halls and uses a Segway, a two-wheeled, self-balancing, electric transportation device, to get around campus. She is the third generation of her family to graduate from Southeast. Gill’s grandmother, the late Venus Averil Murdock Gill of Puxico, Mo., graduated from Southeast in 1965. Her father, Sam Gill, and her mother Jan Webb Gill, both of Dexter, graduated from Southeast in 1968 and 1978 respectively. Brooke’s aunt, Bonnie Harty of Dexter, Mo., and her aunt, Martha Francis Gill Clark of Puxico, Mo., graduated from Southeast in 1961 and 1983 respectively. Brooke’s brother, Todd Gill, and her cousin, Sandy Webb Cunningham, both of Dexter, Mo., graduated from Southeast in 1995 and 1986 respectively. Brooke Gill can be reached at (573) 624-7112.

Karen Krull of St. Louis will graduate from Southeast with a bachelor of science in education degree with a major in elementary education. She will be returning to Cape Girardeau for commencement ceremonies from Melbourne, Australia, where she has been student teaching. She will have traveled 9,477 miles to attend the ceremony. Krull can be reached at (314) 631-1595.

Emily Zimmermann of DeSoto, Mo., will graduate from Southeast with a bachelor of science in business administration degree with a major in management. She also will graduate from Southeast with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Zimmermann is the fourth woman in her family to graduate from Southeast with academic honors. Her sister, Charlotte, graduated from Southeast in fall 1999. Charlotte’s twin sister, Anna Zimmermann, graduated from Southeast in spring 1999. Their mother, Richelle Zimmermann, graduated from Southeast in 1997. All of them graduated with honors from Southeast. Emily Zimmermann can be reached at (314) 603-5839.

Zachary Wenneker of Hannibal, Mo., will graduate from Southeast with a bachelor of science in business administration degree with majors in accounting and marketing management. He is the third generation of his family to graduate from Southeast. His grandfather, Donald Anderson, was inducted into the Southeast Missouri State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003. He played football at Southeast from 1942 to 1947 and was an All-American center and linebacker. His grandmother, Neva Del Gemeinhardt Anderson, graduated from Southeast in 1948 with a bachelor of science in education degree with a major in elementary education. His aunt, Andrea Anderson, also graduated from Southeast in 1981. Wenneker can be reached at (573) 795-5518.

Ronald Gray of Florissant, Mo., will graduate from Southeast with a bachelor of science degree with a major in industrial engineering technology. Gray is completing his degree without ever setting foot on the Cape Girardeau campus. He is completing a 2+2 program that allows students to complete their entire bachelor of science degree in industrial technology from Southeast through the campus of St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley. Gray can be reached at (314) 264-8828.

Jennifer Goldsberry of Ballwin, Mo., will graduate from Southeast with a bachelor of science degree with a major in physics engineering. She is the third generation in her family to graduate from Southeast. Her grandparents, Richard and Marilyn Fallert both graduated from Southeast in 1954. Her parents, James and Jean Goldsberry, both graduated from Southeast in 1977. Her sister, Theresa Goldsberry is currently a sophomore at Southeast. Goldsberry can be reached at (636) 675-1166.