The University of Missouri-St. Louis will recognize nearly 1,800 graduating students in May or August as he celebrates the start with six ceremonies this weekend.
“My wish for you and your family and friends is that you are filled with pride,” Chancellor Kristin Sobolik said in a message to graduates. “I hope you feel the recognition you have rightly deserved, and I hope you feel satisfied knowing that what you have achieved during your time here is the foundation for the rest of your future success. May you move forward ready to transform your life into the life you dream of – and ready to help others do the same.
Launch weekend will begin at 2 p.m. Friday with a ceremony celebrating graduates from the College of Optometry and will feature five more ceremonies — three on Saturday and two on Sunday — at the Mark Twain Athletic Center.
Dr. Sean Mulqueeny will deliver the keynote address at the College of Optometry ceremony. Muqlqueeny is a proud St. Louis native and Normandy high school alumnus who earned two college degrees with honors from UMSL. He has been practicing optometry in the St. Louis area since 1991 and is a Practicum Preceptor and Adjunct Clinical Professor for UMSL Optometry and Adjunct Clinical Professor at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University. Mulqueeny specializes in the management of eye disease and the co-management of refractive and cataract surgeries. Mulqueeny has won many prestigious awards, including the Clinical Excellence Award in Eye Diseases and the Vision Service Plan Fellowship for Clinical Excellence. He is active in clinical research on dry eye syndrome, is president of the MD/OD Contact Lens Foundation of Saint Louis, and sits on the advisory boards of Allergan, Novartis, Alcon, Zeavision, and others.
Saturday’s events will include two ceremonies recognizing graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences. The first ceremony at 9 a.m. will be reserved for graduates in letters, letters, mathematics and sciences. Nicole Adewale, Director of ABNA Engineering, will deliver the keynote address.
Adewale, a member of the UMSL Chancellor’s Council, is a co-founder of ABNA and remains heavily involved in the day-to-day management of the business, which has grown from its beginnings as a two-person firm in 1994 and now includes more than 60 professionals working throughout the Midwest. ABNA provides structural, surveying, geotechnical, construction management, testing and inspection, and civil engineering design services for civil infrastructure, as well as industrial, educational, healthcare, and commercial projects. . Adewale holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a BS in Urban Affairs from Harris-Stowe State University, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education in Social Justice in Education at UMSL. One of her greatest passions is opening doors for young people to pursue careers in STEM. Adewale is a Life Member of the National Society of Black Engineers and has helped raise over $100,000 for college scholarships through the St. Louis Gateway Chapter of NSBE.
The second ceremony at 2 p.m. will celebrate graduating students in social sciences, general studies, interdisciplinary studies and liberal studies. Matthew Shank, president of the Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges and president emeritus of Marymount University, will deliver the keynote address.
Shank became the eighth president of the Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges, which works to advance the values and strengths of sixteen independent member colleges and universities in Virginia. Prior to that, he served as the sixth president of Marymount University from July 2011 to June 2018. He is also a former dean of the School of Business at the University of Dayton. An accomplished academic, Shank has consulted with over 75 organizations in the areas of marketing research, strategic planning and marketing strategy. He has published numerous articles, presented at numerous conferences and is the author of the book “Sports Marketing: A Strategic Perspective (Sixth Edition)”. In recognition of his work at Marymount, Dr. Shank received the 2012 Global Education Leadership Award from the World Affairs Council. Additionally, he accepted the World Affairs Council – DC Global Educator of the Year Award on behalf of Marymount in March 2017.
Evelyn Moore, director of engineering and chief engineer for the F/A-18E/F and EA-18G bomber and fighter programs at Boeing Defense, Space and Security, will deliver the keynote address at the 7 p.m. ceremony in honoring graduates of the College of Nursing, School of Social Work and joint UMSL/University of Washington undergraduate engineering program.
In his role at Boeing, Moore is responsible for the technical excellence of the program and for supporting the achievement of aircraft system performance requirements. She leads all recurring and non-recurring engineering efforts for the F/A-18 family of strike fighters. Moore was previously Director of Engineering for F/A-18 and EA-18G Mission Systems within the Boeing Strike, Surveillance and Mobility Division, where she was responsible for overall customer satisfaction, quality, cost and schedule performance for avionics-related development. and production activity for tactical aircraft programs. Moore joined Boing in 2004 as a manufacturing test engineer for electrical substation communications equipment at Distribution Control Systems in Hazelwood, Missouri. She holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the joint UMSL/WUSTL undergraduate engineering program as well as a master’s degree in engineering management and a graduate certificate in project management from the Washington University. She completed the executive master of international business at Saint Louis University in 2018.
The first ceremony on Sunday will be at 1 p.m. to recognize College of Education graduates. Rhonda Key, assistant superintendent for secondary education, school safety and alternative education at the Hazelwood School District, will deliver the keynote address.
Key is an educator with over 30 years of experience as a superintendent, high school principal, school improvement specialist, high and middle school principal, vice-principal, and biology teacher in urban school districts, rural and suburban. His current professional goals are to practice the concepts of transformational leadership, create professional learning communities in school settings, and instill high standards of academic excellence and performance in all aspects of the school curriculum and nurture and develop the leaders of tomorrow. Key was named the 2019 High School Principal of the Year for the St. Louis area while working at Jennings High School. She received a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a major in Curriculum and Teaching and Reading Methods in 2005. She also holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in ‘Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri.
The weekend’s final ceremony to honor College of Business Administration graduates will begin at 6 p.m., and Terry Elmendorf, a 35-year Boeing veteran, is scheduled to speak.
Elmendorf, a Chancellor’s Council member and now Executive-in-Residence at the College of Business Administration, is an accomplished finance executive with extensive global experience overseeing and directing financial strategy, operations, initiatives and people. His most recent position was as vice president and chief financial officer of Boeing Global Finance Operations. In this role, he oversaw finances for Boeing offices and facilities around the world, including Australia, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and India. Elmendorf joined Boeing in 1986 and has held numerous finance leadership positions across a wide range of programs and businesses including Boeing Defense, Space and Security International Finance and Contracts, Weapons, Services, F/A-18, Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle and Advanced Development. . He brings extensive experience in financial planning and analysis, international finance, contracting, accounting, earned value management, corporate development, US government contracting, cost accounting and other disciplines. Elmendorf holds a BS in Accounting and an MBA from UMSL.
Spring 2022 launch schedule
Friday, May 13, 2022:
2 p.m. – College of Optometry
Saturday May 14, 2022:
9 a.m. – Faculty of Arts and Sciences I – Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Sciences
2 p.m. – College of Arts and Sciences II – BGS, BIS, BLS and Social Sciences
7:00 p.m. – College of Nursing, School of Social Work, Joint Undergraduate Engineering Program
Sunday May 15, 2022:
1:00 p.m. – College of Education
6:00 p.m. – College of Business Administration
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