Baldwin A former U.S. ambassador to England and Belgium, a well-known political preacher and a local college president will be Baker University's 121st commencement guests at this year's ceremony at 2 p.m. May 19 in Baker's Collins Sports and Convention Center.
Charles H. Price II, former U.S. ambassador to Belgium and to the Court of St. James's in London, will present the keynote address and receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters. His speech will be on "Growing Responsibilities in a Shrinking Globe."
Price served as the U.S. ambassador to England from 1983 to 1989, and to Belgium for the two years before that. A native of Kansas City, he was appointed chairman of the board of Ameribanc Inc. in 1989.
The Rev. Charles Stith, senior minister at Boston's Union United Methodist Church and prominent political advocate for economic equality, will give the baccalaureate address at 9:30 a.m. May 19 at Baldwin's First United Methodist Church. He also will receive an honorary doctorate of divinity at the commencement ceremony.
STITH, A 1973 Baker graduate, formed the Organization for New Equality (ONE), which strives for economic justice and an end to national poverty. He formed the organization after declining an invitation from the Rev. Jesse Jackson to serve as president of Operation PUSH (People to Serve Humanity).
Stith has preached in Kansas City at St. James-Paseo United Methodist Church.
The university also will present Bob Martin, president of Haskell Indian Junior College, with an honorary doctor of science degree. Martin has been president of Haskell since 1989. Previously, he was president of Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque, N.M., and an educational specialist at the office of Indian educational programs in Washington, D.C.
Graduates of the school of professional and graduate studies in Overland Park will join the college of arts and sciences graduates in commencement activities in Baldwin, at which time the university will confer more than 220 undergraduate and graduate degrees.