Two hundred and forty-eight new Bearcat alumni received degrees last week during Northwest Missouri State University's summer commencement.
Northwest conferred 142 undergraduate degrees, 95 graduate degrees and 11 specialist in education degrees.
The leading undergraduate major was business management, and the most popular graduate degree was the master's in business administration.
Northwest's summer graduating class included students from the United States and five other countries: India, Japan, China, South Africa and the United Kingdom. The class also comprised 174 Missouri residents and graduates ranging in age from 21 to 69.
David Gressly, assistant secretary general for the United Nations, delivered the commencement address. Gressly, a graduate of Nodaway-Holt High School, briefly attended Northwest before earning a bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1978. He is currently acting head of the U.N.'s stabilization mission in Mali.
"Knowledge and experience will lead to success for you, but don't forget the next generation," Gressly told the graduates. "Be the example that gives them an opportunity to surpass you."
Other highlights during the ceremony included the commencement walk of Northwest alumna Kay Medsker Dolph, 81, who was unable to receive her diploma with the rest of her class after earning an education degree in 1967.
The university also bid farewell to Richard Fulton, a full professor of political science, who had served as commencement grand marshal since 2003. Fulton is retiring from the faculty after 40 years of teaching and research.