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ESU Commencement Ceremonies are Saturday

May 10, 2017

Nearly 800 students are candidates for degrees during Emporia State University spring commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 13.

Baccalaureate commencement will begin at 9:30 a.m., and graduate commencement will be at 2 p.m. Both ceremonies will be at White Auditorium, 111 E. Sixth Ave., Emporia.

Speaking at both ceremonies will be Allison D. Garrett, president of Emporia State; Dr. David P. Cordle, provost and vice president for academic affairs; and Dennis Mullin of the Kansas Board of Regents.

Mullin, chairman of Steel and Pipe Supply, one of the largest steel service centers in the nation, was appointed to the Kansas Board of Regents in 2015. He is a member of the Business Advisory Council for the College of Business Administration at Kansas State University, Trustee Emeritus for the KSU Foundation, and a board member of the KS State Bank of Manhattan.  

Dr. Nathan Mellor will address the graduates at the undergraduate ceremony. Mellor is the CEO of the C3 Brands family of companies, the president of Strata Leadership and an adjunct professor at Oklahoma Baptist University and York College. He is dedicated to the development of future leaders and founded the Institute for Emerging Leader, which provides leadership opportunities for numerous companies. Mellor also founded the Academy of Sports and Character. The program is currently used in all Oklahoma City public secondary schools. While pursuing education and humanitarian causes, Mellor has lectured, taught and studied throughout America and abroad.

Following the graduate commencement ceremonies in the afternoon, the ESU Graduate School will sponsor a reception in the Little Theater.

Additional information, including a link to the livestream of the event, is available online at




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