Congressman to speak at 2016 spring commencement

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On May 22, undergraduates for the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education and School of Nursing will celebrate their achievement during the 2016 commencement. U.S. Congressman Kevin Yoder

U.S. Congressman Kevin Yoder will be the speaker for this year’s graduation ceremony at 1 p.m. in the Collins Center.

Yoder received degrees in political science, English and law from the University of Kansas in 1999 and has been a representative for the Third Congressional District of Kansas since 2011.

Recently, Yoder has helped secure an increase in research funding at the National Institutes of Health and was presented the Kansas State Children’s Champion Award based on his leadership in early childhood education programs.

Yoder has also been recognized and awarded for his involvement with the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) and the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB).

Before the ceremony, a commencement brunch will be held between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Long Student Center. Also, a brief worship service will begin at 10:45 a.m. at the Baldwin First United Methodist Church. Graduates and faculty will robe and march.

The graduates will be honored at a reception immediately following commencement on the lawn north of the Collins Center.