Central Methodist Commencement May 11

Dr. Marianne Inman, Rev. Ross Fulton featured speakers

Central Methodist University will hold its 2013 Baccalaureate and Commencement celebrations on the Fayette campus on Saturday, May 11. Retiring CMU President Dr. Marianne Inman will deliver the Commencement address, while Rev. Ross Fulton will speak at Baccalaureate.

Baccalaureate begins at 10:30 a.m. in Linn Memorial United Methodist Church on the CMU campus. Commencement, recognizing over 300 new graduates, will be held at 2 p.m. in Puckett Fieldhouse at CMU.

Dr. Marianne Inman, the 25th President of Central Methodist University, will be celebrating her final Commencement at CMU before she retires in June. Her presidency has resulted in significant advancements in enrollment, facilities, programming, and in support for the institution.

Dr. Inman has been active in many higher education organizations, including the Council of Independent Colleges, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the Missouri Colleges Fund, and the Independent Colleges and Universities of Missouri.

She is past chair of the Missouri Humanities Council and has served on the board of the Great Rivers Council of Boy Scouts. Dr. Inman has been active in The United Methodist Church on the local, state and national levels. Dr. Inman earned the Ph.D. degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin. She holds the master' degree in French Literature and Linguistics from Indiana University, and the bachelor's degree with highest distinction in French, Spanish, and English secondary education from Purdue University.

Speaking at Baccalaureate will be the Rev. Ross Fulton, pastor of the Branson United Methodist Church. After attending high school in Springfield, he enrolled at then-Central Methodist College, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree in 1969. He was active in marching band, the Eagle track team, and the campus radio station during his Central days. 

He later received the Master of Divinity degree from the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Rev. Fulton was ordained a Deacon in the Missouri West Conference, and later Elder in that same conference. He has served United Methodist Churches in Mound City, Kansas City, Windsor, Osage Beach, Chillicothe, and Maryville prior to his appointment in Branson.

For Rev. Fulton and his wife Melinda, Commencement 2013 is a special one at CMU: one of their four daughters, Katherine will graduate today. In fact, the Fulton family ties to CMU are extensive: Rev. Fulton?s three sisters, Rose Marie Fulton, Patty Fulton Rogers, and Betty Fulton Green, and two brothers-in-law, all went to Central.


Originally posted May 03, 2013


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