Emporia State Graduates over 500 during winter commencement activities Featured

Family, friends and faculty fill White Auditorium to celebrate the achievements of this year's 2019 ESU winter graduates. Family, friends and faculty fill White Auditorium to celebrate the achievements of this year's 2019 ESU winter graduates. Tagan Trahoon/KVOE News

Over 500 graduate and undergraduate students from Emporia State University received their degrees as a part of winter commencement ceremonies on Friday and Saturday.

Commencement activities kicked off Friday evening as White Auditorium was filled with ESU staff, graduate students and some very special guests including Kansas Board of Regent's member Allen Schmidt who shared some inspiring words with the class of 2019. Before the ceremonies began, Schmidt took time to speak with KVOE News and says for the graduates this is a time for pride, celebration, and thankfulness.

Schmidt says he is noticing education has begun turning towards a more applied learning approach both at the technical and two-year levels but also at four-year institutions as well. He says the benefit of this approach at the four-year level is it gives students more time for learning their craft to be as successful as possible in their chosen fields.

Winter commencement activities concluded Saturday morning as roughly an additional 250 undergraduate students were awarded their degrees. ESU President Allison Garrett encourages all graduates to now go forth and make their mark in the world.

Garrett adds, this year's graduation numbers have continued a trend of impressive graduation rates for the university over the past few years. 

 

Photos by Tagan Trahoon/KVOE News

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