CMU To Celebrate December Commencement

Over 250 students expected to graduate

FarrThe tenth of December will be a day of celebration, as many Central Methodist University students receive official recognition for what they have worked so hard to accomplish.

Over 250 students are eligible to graduate from CMU in December, many of which will be attending the university’s first winter Commencement in decades. It will be held in Linn Memorial United Methodist Church on CMU’s Fayette campus at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10. In past years, CMU students who graduated in December or during the summer participated in the May commencement or one of CMU’s off-campus ceremonies.

Graduates include students from CMU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) from the Fayette campus, College of Graduate and Extended Studies (CGES) from CMU’s extended learning centers, and online programs.

“I am excited about this new opportunity for students who graduate in December, as it allows for them to be a part of the ceremony at the completion of their studies, instead of waiting,” said Rita Gulstad, Provost at CMU. “In addition, it provides an opportunity for students from other locations to attend Commencement, as well, and see the beautiful Fayette campus.”

The Commencement speaker will be Reverend Robert Farr, Bishop of the Missouri Conference of the United Methodist Church. Farr’s background includes years of work with churches, colleges, campus ministries, social services and mission projects throughout the world. 

Before being elected Bishop, Farr served as the Director of the Center for Congregational Excellence for the Missouri Conference of the UCM, and has worked to help with new church planting and transformation. A former senior pastor, Farr has experience leading and helping grow congregations.

As a writer, he has co-authored several books, and also helped form Route 22 – a transformational church network through which he is a guest speaker. He and his wife, Susan, have supported Nhachengue UMC in southern Mozambique, including the drilling of a deep water well. His passion has taken him far and wide to places including India, Mexico, South Korea, Russia, South Africa, China, Haiti and Mozambique.


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Posted December 6, 2016