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Winter Commencement Ceremonies Conclude Semester

Nearly 600 students are candidates for degrees during winter commencement at Emporia State University this month.

All students earning graduate degrees will be honored at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14.

Dr. Blake Flanders, president and CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents, will give remarks. Before serving in his current position, Flanders served as the Vice President for Workforce Development for the Kansas Board of Regents and provided executive leadership for the Kansas Postsecondary Technical Education Authority.

Students earning bachelor’s degrees will be honored at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15.

Mark Hutton of the Kansas Board of Regents will give remarks during the undergraduate ceremony. Hutton, of Andover, is the founder of Hutton Construction Corporation in Wichita and worked as CEO until 2010. Hutton also served as a State Representative in the Kansas Legislature from 2013 to 2017.

Dr. Kevin Rabas, chair of the Department of English, Modern Languages, and Journalism and Kansas Poet Laureate, will address the undergraduates as ESU’s 2018 Roe R. Cross Distinguished Professor.

For those unable to attend, both ceremonies will be streamed on the Internet live. The link for the live stream as well as other information can be found online at