This year’s spring commencement will have two student commencement speakers.
Seniors Alex Atkinson and Ida Haefner were selected as this year’s commencement speakers. Haefner will speak first at commencement, followed by Atkinson.
Vice President for Student Affairs Shana Meyer said that there were several qualified candidates for commencement speakers, which afforded the opportunity to have two speakers.
“This year we had seven nominees and we had seven phenomenal nominees,” Meyer said. “Of the five that presented their speeches, any one of them could have been our commencement speaker. So, when the committee presented our options to the president, he said ‘if you have that strong of folks, let’s showcase two of our strongest students’ and that’s what we did.”
Meyer said the two speakers will provide a good opportunity to show what Missouri Western is about.
“This is just an amazing opportunity not only for our students that get to speak, but for our students who are graduating and audience members to hear from one of their peers,” Meyer said. “Every year, all the speeches are about Missouri Western memories and some of the transforming lives opportunities that Missouri Western has given these students, so I think it’s a great way to showcase everything that our institution is about.”
Haefner and Atkinson will be speaking at commencement on Saturday, May 7.