Amber Cox, a William Woods University alumna who has risen through the women’s basketball ranks to a prestigious position as associate commissioner for women’s basketball for the BIG EAST Conference, returned to her alma mater as the undergraduate commencement speaker.
Another alumnus, Matt Cowell, president and founder of Ascend Business Strategies, spoke to graduate students during a second ceremony.
A total of 396 degrees were conferred during the day. A combined total of 941 students in all disciplines have graduated from WWU in the past 12 months.
Degrees earned include two Associate of Arts, 24 Bachelor of Arts, two Bachelor of Fine Arts, 121 Bachelor of Science, 75 Master of Business Administration (MBA), 143 Master of Education (M.Ed.), 23 Education Specialist (Ed.S.) and three Doctor of Education degrees.
Graduate students from cohorts in 18 Missouri communities received their diplomas: Blue Springs, Caruthersville, Columbia, Duenweg, Festus, Florissant, Fulton, Hannibal, Jefferson City, Kirksville, Mountain Grove, Owensville, Rolla, Sedalia, Sikeston, Springfield, St. Joseph and Troy. In addition, a cohort from Cave City, Ark., graduated.
Founded in 1870, William Woods University expanded its mission in 1992 to address the educational needs of working adults. WWU is located on 200 scenic acres in Fulton, Mo., but serves students at locations statewide and in Arkansas. William Woods is a coeducational, independent, professions-oriented, liberal arts-based institution committed to developing students for professional life.