Stephens College December Commencement 2011
Stephens College conferred 29 bachelor’s and 31 master’s degrees upon its graduates during the December Commencement ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, in the Kimball Ballroom of Lela Raney Wood Hall.
The keynote speaker was Dr. Annette L. Sobel, assistant to the provost for Strategic Opportunities at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Kara Hinshaw of Topeka, Kan. graduated Sum Cum Laude with a B.S. in Biology. In her undergraduate class speech, she shared these words: "Our professors pushed us to think creatively and to try things that we might think are outside our skill set.
My advisor wanted to put me in organic chemistry my freshman year. ... Turned out I loved organic and decided to add a chemistry minor. My advisor also introduced me to research in microbiology and I learned that I love doing research and solving problems. I am now planning on getting my Ph.D. in rehabilitation science."
Graduate Class Speaker Amy LaPaglia (pictured right) with Stephens President Dianne Lynch. Amy, who earned a Master in Strategic Leadership, works in a bioanalytical laboratory for Protea Biosciences, Inc., in Morgantown, W.V. In her words: "Dedicate yourself to a lifetime of learning, take the time to find out what you want to do and give yourself completely to it.
I am fortunate to have a friend who encourages me to 'embrace the random,' which for me, means working through change, managing chaos and lifting people up. I’ve learned more from the random than the routine. Embrace your random yet remain disciplined and surround yourself with good people."
Laura Kline, a pre-med student from Jackson, Minn., created a line of perfumes named for each of the College’s Ten Ideals as her chemistry requirement. During Commencement, she presented “Creativity” in a vintage bottle to Stephens President Dianne Lynch.
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