Grantham University Honors Graduates at 2011 Commencement Ceremony in Kansas City
Grantham University hosted its annual Commencement Ceremony last month, honoring the Class of 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri. More than more than 175 graduates from around the country attended the ceremony and reception, which were held in the Kansas City Convention Center’s Grand Ballroom.
The ceremony included remarks from several notables, including Dr. Herbert London, president of the Grantham University Board of Governors, Dr. Mark Skousen, honorary dean of Grantham University’s Mark Skousen School of Business, and graduate Michael Constantine, the Class of 2011 speaker.
“Commencement is a special time for our graduates and their families, and it’s also a unique opportunity for our graduates to meet the faculty and staff they’ve worked with virtually throughout their time at Grantham,” said Dr. Fredrick Snow, President of Grantham University. “Our faculty and staff do a tremendous job getting to know our students and motivating and supporting them throughout their degree program. Meeting students face-to-face just adds to the celebratory atmosphere surrounding Commencement.”
Dr. London, the Commencement keynote, is President Emeritus of Hudson Institute. He is Professor Emeritus and the former John M. Olin Professor of Humanities at New York University and an Affiliated Professor at the University of Haifa in Israel. Dr. London was the first recipient of the Peter Shaw Award for his exemplary writing on higher education and American intellectual culture. His perspective on faculty and student issues, as well as curriculum, is especially valuable to Grantham University’s Board of Governors.
Dr. Skousen is a professional economist, investment expert, university professor, and author of more than 25 books. Since 1980, Skousen has been Editor In Chief of Forecasts & Strategies, a popular award-winning investment newsletter. He has just release a new book, The Maxims of Wall Street, which is available now through Eagle Publishing.
Constantine graduated with an MBA in last month’s ceremonies. Born and raised in Cleveland, OH, he attended Cleveland State University, earning his BA in communication, before coming to Grantham.
“Each one of us has overcome obstacles, whether they be personal, professional or both, along our ascent up the mountain,” said Constantine during his speech. “So now, together we stand atop the summit of our personal mountains, all having taken different paths to get here, forever connected as brothers, sisters and graduates of Grantham University.”
Constantine is a Senior Instructor for American Family Insurance, specializing in training agents and employees. During his time with American Family Insurance he has been instrumental in the curriculum development and delivery of the company’s new agent training program and has helped hundreds of agents develop effective business and sales and marketing plans for their agencies.
Constantine is just one of an outstanding class of Grantham University graduates. The Class of 2011 featured 1,641 students. More than 80 percent of the class is currently serving or has served in our nation’s armed forces; 42 percent are active duty, guard or reserve; 22 percent are retired military; and 15 percent are veterans.
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