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Graduate School

Dean’s Message

Dean Carol ShanklinSpring semester has been a busy and exciting time for the Graduate School team.  In collaboration with the Graduate Student Council (GSC), we initiated the Graduate Student Appreciation Week to recognize the numerous contributions that our graduate students make to K-State’s teaching, research, and outreach mission.  Many of the colleges planned activities for their graduate students during the week.  One of the highlights of the week was the GSC Graduate Student Recognition Event  where many of the accomplishments of our outstanding graduate students were recognized.

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2015 Spring Commencement

The Kansas State University Graduate School awarded 101 doctoral, 8 MFA degrees and 617 master’s degrees at the spring commencement ceremony held at 1 p.m. Friday, May 15, 2015 in Bramlage Coliseum.  During the ceremony, the honorary doctorate was awarded to  Nancy Kassebaum Baker who also presented the commencement address.  A reception was held immediately following the commencement, where family, friends, faculty, and K-State administrators gathered.

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2015 Graduate Alumni Reunion

The graduate classes of 1965 and 1990 returned to the Manhattan campus on April 16-17, 2015, to celebrate the inaugural Graduate School Reunion.   The reunion gave the attendees an opportunity to experience how the university campus has changed since they were students and participate in networking events that reconnected classmates, colleagues, faculty, current graduate students and K-State administrators.

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Graduate Student Achievements

Graduate Student Appreciation Week

The first ever campus wide graduate student appreciation week was celebrated April 6-11, 2015. Colleges and departments honored the graduate students by featuring special events, activities and free food in appreciation of their dedicated service and contributions to the teaching, research and scholarship, and outreach during the academic year. The inaugural Graduate Student Council Awards and Recognition Reception, held April 8 in the K-State Student Union, paid tribute to the notable achievements of the graduate students.

GSC members serving ice cream for graduate student appreciation week.
GSC members serving ice cream for graduate student appreciation week.

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K-State Alumna, Direct TV Exec Linda Simon Offers Career Advice

Linda Simon

Deciding to pursue a graduate degree is one of the hardest decisions a person will make. It is surely not a small investment. Yet, the relationships you make, the knowledge you gain and the experiences you receive are invaluable. If someone is looking for a great return on investment, look no further: A graduate degree will provide positive gains. For Linda Simon, K-State’s Graduate Alumni Fellow, her ROI for receiving a doctorate was measured in her successful career milestones.

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Dean’s Message

As we begin the spring semester, we reflect back to the success of our students who graduated in December and welcome the new graduate students. This issue of the newsletter features stories about graduation celebrations both on the Manhattan campus and at Ft. Leavenworth and highlights awards presented to outstanding faculty at commencement. We are proud of the achievements of our graduates and extend them congratulations and best wishes for continued success in their future.

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Alumni Reunion for classes of 1965 and 1990

The Kansas State University Graduate School looks forward to celebrateing the 50th year reunion of the class of 1965 and the 25th year reunion of the class of 1990.  Masters and doctoral graduates from these classes have been invited to attend a two-day celebration at the K-State Manhattan campus on April 16 and 17, 2015.  The reunion will include a variety of tours and opportunities to interact with faculty and students to reminisce about the past, see what is currently happening at K-State, and learn about future plans for the university.

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Faculty awarded for outstanding research and teaching

Uwe Thumm, professor of physics, and Kun Yan Zhu, professor of entomology, were recognized as Distinguished Graduate Faculty members during the Fall 2014 Graduate School commencement ceremony. The award honors faculty members who are recognized nationally and internationally for their excellence in scholarship, research, and teaching at the graduate level.

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Highlights of Fall 2014 Commencement

Ecuadorian dignitaries - Fall 2014 commencement
Ecuadorian dignitaries Monica Del Pilar Palacios Bernal, Geannine Claudé Alvarado Romero, and Vanessa Lucia Calvas Chávez, pictured with Debbie Mercer, College of Education Dean, attend Fall commencement.

The Kansas State University Graduate School awarded approximately 194 master’s degrees and 74 doctoral degrees at the commencement ceremony held at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12 in Bramlage Coliseum.  The ceremony also included the awarding of an honorary doctorate and recognition of graduate faculty members receiving awards for their contributions to research and education.

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