This weekend, May 10-11, 2019, Stephens College will host two Commencement ceremonies, with over 130 graduates earning their degrees.

The Graduate and Online ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. on May 10 in the Kimball Ballroom of Lela Raney Wood Hall on the Stephens campus.

Screenwriter and playwright Ken LaZebnik will deliver the Graduate & Online commencement address. LaZebnik has written for film and television for the past 25 years, with credits including Robert Altman’s last film, A Prairie Home Companion, which he co-wrote with Garrison Keillor; and several television shows such as Touched by An Angel, Star Trek: Enterprise and When Calls the Heart. LaZebnik’s plays include the award-winning On the Spectrum and Autonomy, which premieres this month at the Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis. He is the founder and director of the Stephens College M.F.A. in TV and Screenwriting program.

Other speakers will be: Graduate speaker: LeeAnne Lowry of Overland Park, Kan., who will earn her Master of Fine Arts in Television and Screenwriting; and Undergraduate speaker: Angelique Jefferson of Overland Park, Kan., who will graduate Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administration. Lowry, who also earned her undergraduate degree in digital filmmaking from Stephens College, works as a content producer for Newsy; she reports on the top daily news stories in the U.S. and internationally. Jefferson is an Epic training specialist for long-term acute care hospitals across the nation. 

The Undergraduate ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. on May 11, on The Historic Quadrangle on the Stephens campus. The outdoor ceremony will be held rain or shine.

Dr. Tina Parke-Sutherland, a professor of English/Creative Writing at Stephens College, will deliver the Undergraduate commencement address. She is retiring from Stephens after 28 years of teaching literature, creative writing and women’s studies. Parke-Sutherland earned a B.A. and an M.A. from Northern Michigan University, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Alaska, and a Ph.D. in Languages and Literature from the University of Michigan. Mariah Escarsega of Kansas City, Mo., will serve as the undergraduate class speaker. She will earn a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology.


More Info

Commencement webpage

Undergraduate Commencement Frequently Asked Questions

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