Winter Commencement Tip Sheet

Photo of the stage during commencement ceremonies

Winter commencement ceremonies are scheduled for Dec. 19 at Southeast.

Winter commencement at Southeast Missouri State University is planned for 2 p.m. Dec. 19 in the Show Me Center arena. 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 either phone numbers or e-mail addresses are listed below. Students will begin assembling for commencement at 1:15 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center-North. With advance notice, 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. 19 in the Student Recreation Center-North. Please do not hesitate to call the News Bureau at (573) 651-2552 with any questions about these or other commencement stories.  Cindy DesPres of Cape Girardeau, Mo., has worked towards her college degree for 27 years.  She says she wanted to give up several times, but she always had her daughter at her side saying, “Mom, you can do it!”  Those words are what kept her going.  DesPres will receive a bachelor of general studies degree.  DesPres can be reached at (573) 225-8813 or clheise1s@semo.edu.

Mark Moore of Marquand, Mo., will graduate with a bachelor of science degree with a psychology major at the age of 53.  He will also be the first in his family to graduate from college.  Moore can be reached at (573) 783-3080 or mmoore4s@semo.edu.

Steven Brunk of St. Louis, Mo., began his degree process in 1971 at Southeast as a freshman and returned to complete his bachelor of general studies degree in the fall of 2008.  He will be 56 when he graduates Dec. 19.  Brunk can be reached at (314) 544-3252 or sabrunk1s@semo.edu.

Robyn Whitaker of The Woodlands, Texas, will receive her bachelor of general studies degree after beginning her college education 30 years ago at Southeast.  Whitaker can be reached at (936) 273-0269 or rlwhitaker1s@semo.edu.

Chastidy Harper of St. Louis, Mo., will be the first person in her family to graduate from college.  She was terminally ill her first two years at Southeast and did not expect to graduate.  She will receive a bachelor of arts degree with a major in mass communication.  Harper can be reached at cnharper1s@semo.edu.

William Bradshaw of Cape Girardeau, Mo., previously earned a bachelor of science in business administration degree with a major in finance from Southeast in 1988 and will obtain his second degree, a bachelor of science in education degree with a major in elementary education at the age of 45.  He and his daughter, Erika Bradshaw, are both pursuing education majors, and he says it has been quite an experience to attend school with her. Erika is pursuing a bachelor of science in education degree with a major in early childhood education. William Bradshaw has already been hired and is teaching fifth grade at the Scott City (Mo.) Middle School. Bradshaw can be reached at (573) 334-4539 or webradshaw1s@semo.edu.

Joshua Downing of Cape Girardeau, Mo., received two stem cell transplants while battling leukemia. He will be receiving a bachelor of science degree with a major in hospitality management.  Downing can be reached at (573) 579-7051 or jrdowning1s@semo.edu.

Tyson Glaser of Sikeston, Mo., says he will finally receive his bachelor of science degree with a major in criminal justice after five and a half years due to his military service during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Glaser can be reached at (573) 471-3479 or tjglaser1s@semo.edu.

John Wright of Fredricktown, Mo., will be the third generation of his family to graduate from Southeast.  He has served as a volunteer tutor for more than 75 students in higher level math and science courses.  He will receive a bachelor of science degree with a major in biology.  Wright can be reached at (573) 783-6559 or jwwright2s@semo.edu.