BVU Commencement Ceremonies May 25

BVU Commencement Ceremonies May 25

BVU Commencement Ceremonies May 25

Buena Vista University will hold commencement ceremonies on May 25 with 760 undergraduates scheduled to receive their degrees.

They include 210 undergraduates from the Storm Lake campus and 550 who attended the locations of BVU’s Graduate & Professional Studies (GPS) program, both on-site and online.  Another 29 students are scheduled to receive master’s degrees.

Commencement ceremonies begin at 2:30 p.m. in Siebens Fieldhouse on the BVU campus. The baccalaureate service will be held at 10:30 a.m. at Schaller Memorial Chapel.

The commencement speaker will be Ken Paulson, president and CEO of the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University and in Washington, D.C.

Paulson is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law and the University of Missouri School of Journalism. He also has served as an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University Law School. In 2008, he received an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from American University.

Prior to accepting his position at the First Amendment Center, Paulson served as the editor and senior vice president/news of USA Today. He is now a columnist on USA Today’s board of contributors, writing about First Amendment issues and the news media.

During his career, Paulson has drawn on his background as both a journalist and lawyer, serving as the editor or managing editor of newspapers in five different states.

He was on the team of journalists who founded USA Today in 1982 before moving on to manage newsrooms in Westchester County, N.Y., Green Bay, Wis., Bridgewater, N.J. and at Florida Today in Brevard County, Fla.

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