CMU Celebrates Commencement, Baccalaureate

300+ degrees awarded

Central Methodist University honored more than 300 graduates during Commencement exercises in E.P. Puckett Field House this past Saturday, May 10.


The graduates included master’s, bachelor’s and associate’s degree recipients from the Fall 2013 semester, from May 2014, and candidates for summer graduation.


Always a special day for the graduates, Commencement 2014 also was memorable as the first one at CMU for President Roger D. Drake. Adding to the celebration was the presentation of an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree to Glenn A. Cox ’51, Chair of the CMU Board of Trustees.


Drake gave the Commencement address, “Life is About the Electives,” mixing in his trademark humor with words of encouragement.


“I have great news for you – from now on – it is all electives,” he told the graduates. “You can elect how you spend the rest of your life. You can elect to spend your life in the service of others. You can elect to spend your life seeking monetary gain. 


“You can elect to spend it seeking fame,” he continued. “But you will spend it, your life will pass, and you need to understand now that it is all an elective.”


Many of the students were recognized for honors received during the year. Judy Engle Rethwisch ’65, President of the CMU Alumni Association, welcomed the Class of 2014 into the Central alumni ranks. And as is customary, music by the CMU Concert Band under the direction of Skip Vandelicht ’77 added to the festive atmosphere.


Earlier in the day, CMU held its annual Baccalaureate program in the Paul H. Linn United Methodist Church on campus. Retired CMU President Marianne E. Inman delivered the Baccalaureate message, “Eulogy or Resume’?” The CMU Chorale, conducted by Dr. Claude Westfall, was featured during Baccalaureate.


Posted May 12, 2014