Ashton Wedemeyer, Summa Cum Laude, Bachelor of Arts with Honors, Exercise and Sport Science / Global Studies, Cole Camp; and Allison Nevels, Magna Cum Laude, Bachelor of Arts, Biology / Chemistry, Global Studies, of Sedalia; and Mathew Stockstill, Master of Architecture, / Global Studies, of Sedalia, graduated from Drury University during its Spring Commencement on May 17. In the traditional Day School, Drury awarded 290 bachelor’s degrees during the commencement ceremony. Fifty-eight students were awarded master’s degrees.
Drury conferred an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters to longtime nonprofit educator and 1967 Drury alumna Marcia Mitchell, who was the keynote speaker.
Mitchell co-founded The Little Lighthouse in 1972, a faith-based center in Tulsa dedicated to providing therapeutic intervention and early education to children with disabilities on a tuition-free basis. The school has served as a model nationwide since then, and has earned accolades that include being named as the nation’s 536th “Point of Light” by Pres. George H.W. Bush in 1991 and receiving the ONE Award for Oklahoma’s top nonprofit. Mitchell herself has won the Whitney Young Jr. Service Award from the Boy Scouts of America and has been inducted into the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame.
Now is the time to dream about the road ahead, Mitchell said. But, citing her own experience with the “sharp turns” that can happen along the way, she urged today’s graduates to embrace the unexpected.
“Dare to delight in the detours of your own life,” she said. “As they just might lead you to destinations beyond your wildest dreams.”