William Jewell College will celebrate commencement at 1 p.m. May 12 in the Mabee Center for Physical Education on the campus in Liberty, Mo. As part of the traditional commencement celebration, graduates will make the ceremonial last walk around the Quad led by bagpipers and a color guard at approximately 12:30 p.m. Live coverage of the event is available at www.jewell.edu/commencement beginning at 1 p.m. on May 12.
Commencement speaker Dr. Chad Jolly joined the consulting firm Gonser Gerber Tinker Stuhr in 2012 with a significant record of success in institutional advancement and nearly two decades of higher education experience. He provides advancement counsel to colleges, universities, schools, healthcare organizations and other nonprofits nationally. Client services focus on comprehensive campaigns, strategic planning, board and staff development, project fundraising, major and annual gift strategies, planned giving, integrated marketing, enrollment management and net revenue generation strategies.
Prior to joining the firm, Chad served William Jewell College as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement where he was responsible for campaigns that secured over $80 million, doubled annual operating support and increased the percentage of alumni giving. In his 17 years of service at Jewell, Chad also held the positions of Dean of Enrollment, Assistant Dean of Students and Associate Dean of Admission. During his tenure in enrollment management, the profile of the entering class improved and new student enrollment increased by more than thirty percent. Chad is a 1994 graduate of William Jewell, earning a B.A. in history through the Oxbridge Honors Program. He also is a graduate of Saint Louis University (M.A. in higher education administration) and University of Missouri Kansas City (Ph.D. in urban leadership and policy studies in education with a co-discipline in sociology).
Baccalaureate speaker and grief educator Harold Ivan Smith is a wordsmith and storyteller. He is a graduate of The Mid-America College of Funeral Service, Scarritt College (M.A.), George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University (Ed.S.) and Asbury Theological Seminary (D.Min.). He is recognized as a Fellow in Thanatology by the Association for Death Education and Counseling. As a member of the faculty of the American Academy of Grief/CMI, Harold Ivan teaches continuing education courses for psychologists, social workers, nurses and pastoral care counselors. He has served on the board of the Association for Death Education and Counseling and serves on the board of the Grief Support Network in Kansas City.
He leads innovative storytelling groups at Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., where he is a member of the teaching faculty, and teaches an innovative course, Grief in the Workplace, at MidAmerica University in Kansas. His primary research is on the grief of U.S. Presidents and First Ladies, particularly during their White House Years. His articles have appeared in publications such as Illness; Crisis, and Loss; The Director; The American Funeral Director; The Forum; and Journeys. He has authored more than 15 books that have been published in five languages. The baccalaureate service will be held at 9 a.m. May 12 in John Gano Memorial Chapel on the campus.