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Baker commencement reflects tight-knit group of graduates

May 21, 2012

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Baker University business professor Martha Harris carries the university’s mace Sunday as she leads the Kansas City St. Andrew Pipes and Drums, and Baker’s undergraduate class of 2012, on a procession through campus to commencement ceremonies at the George F. Collins Center.

Baker University business professor Martha Harris carries the university’s mace Sunday as she leads the Kansas City St. Andrew Pipes and Drums, and Baker’s undergraduate class of 2012, on a procession through campus to commencement ceremonies at the George F. Collins Center.

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Baker School of Nursing graduate Lauren Jo Torrez reaches up to high-five a professor as undergraduates file through two lines of faculty on their way to commencement.

Baker School of Nursing graduate Lauren Jo Torrez reaches up to high-five a professor as undergraduates file through two lines of faculty on their way to commencement.

The decoration atop the cap of Chelsea Carnagie, Eudora, indicated she was one of 47 students graduating Sunday from the Baker University School of Nursing.

The decoration atop the cap of Chelsea Carnagie, Eudora, indicated she was one of 47 students graduating Sunday from the Baker University School of Nursing.

Gwendolyn Miller sheds tears of joy and pride Sunday soon after her son Colton Miller received his degree at the Baker University graduation.

Gwendolyn Miller sheds tears of joy and pride Sunday soon after her son Colton Miller received his degree at the Baker University graduation.

There were no Jumbotrons or crowds jamming a football stadium Sunday at the Baker University Spring 2012 commencement.

And the intimate setting — far different from Kansas University’s commencement last weekend — seemed to fit with the tight-knit Baker community.

When Baker President Patricia Long spoke and gave hugs during the ceremony inside the George F. Collins Center in Baldwin City, it appeared she knew each of the roughly 170 graduating students smiling and looking back at her.

“I am so proud of you,” Long said, addressing the graduates. “It’s been the joy of a lifetime.”

When Shavon Brown, senior class president, stepped up to the podium, the stage didn’t bother her — she was just talking to her friends.

“We have become a family,” said Brown, graduating with a communications degree. “I love you guys.”

Just before embracing Long, Brown predicted: “I see nothing but success for the class of 2012.”

Randy Pembrook, vice president for academic affairs at Washburn University and former Baker official, gave the commencement address and encouraged the graduates to hang on to the memories they made at Baker. What will they remember 50 years from now, Pembrook asked?

For Keith DeMint, who earned his sports administration degree Sunday, that’s easy: his Kappa Sigma fraternity.

“All the memories with my brothers,” said DeMint, originally from Sabetha.

What DeMint’s fellow group of future educators, nurses, biologists and artists will eventually turn out to be is unknown. But Spring Hill graduate Kathryn Fritz smiles at the opportunities.

“Oh my goodness,” said Fritz, who received her bachelor’s degree with a double major in psychology and French. She talked of graduate school, traveling to Europe or staying in Kansas.

Basically, the future is wide open.

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