Lisa K. Jackson of Mammoth Spring graduated in December from William Woods University. Jackson received a master of education degree.
William Woods held its largest commencement ever, with 363 students graduating. Never before has WWU graduated more than 300 students. In fact, the previous high was 255 in May 1999.
Raymond W. Gruender, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, was the commencement speaker.
William Woods University is an independent, professions-oriented, liberal arts institution serving the educational needs of both men and women. The 170-acre campus is located in the mid-Missouri community of Fulton. Since its founding in 1870, the mission of William Woods has been to provide a quality education while ensuring the development of each student.
William Woods has an enrollment of about 2,700 students. The university offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in a variety of disciplines in both campus and outreach settings.
With increased campus enrollment and the growth of the university's graduate and adult studies programs, William Woods now holds three graduation ceremonies each year. The combined total of graduates for 2003 was 831, which was 198 more than any previous year.