MBU confers more than 700 degrees to class of 2016
773 Total Degrees
14 Doctor of Education
42 Educational Specialist
322 Graduate degrees and certificates
395 Undergraduate degrees and certificates
More than 700 degrees were conferred during MBU’s 44th commencement held at the Family Arena on May 3. In addition to President Alton Lacey’s commencement address, United States Senator Roy Blunt served as the commencement speaker for the evening.
The first groups of students to complete MBU’s Bachelor of Professional Studies in Healthcare Management through a unique partnership with BJC Healthcare were among those who graduated. MBU launched the degree in 2013 paired with a cooperative relationship to provide professional development and educational opportunities for BJC employees—St. Louis’ largest employer. This year, MBU extended the degree’s flexible format with the launch of the University’s new online programs.
To conclude the capstone event, Dr. Holly Brand, associate professor of psychology, received MBU’s 2016 Distinguished Professor Award.
“We are fortunate to have many outstanding professors at Missouri Baptist University,” said President Lacey. “It is our privilege to annually recognize one of those professors as distinguished professor of the year. The selection process considers model classroom teaching, campus leadership, outstanding course development, scholarship, integration of faith and learning and strong relationships with students both within the classroom as well as across the campus.”
Brand holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Saint Louis University and is also the founder of Yellow Umbrella Ministries (YUM)—an organization to share Christ through speaking engagements and writing. She also serves as president to Living Water Academy’s board of directors in Wildwood, Mo., and is a board member for BreakDown STL which educates and empowers teens to make positive life choices.