More than 400 students will be graduating soon from the University of Saint Mary to begin the commencement season at area schools.
It all begins at 3:30 p.m. April 24 when the university holds its annual convocation and hooding ceremony at Annunciation Chapel on campus.
Physical therapy and nursing students will go through a pinning ceremony May 3.
The USM graduation ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. May 4 at McGilley Field House on campus.
John Shultz, spokesman for the university, said approximately 300 students are expected to participate in the graduation ceremony.
“Our commencements have grown exponentially over the past five years,” he said.
For the first time, the commencement event will be live-streamed to accommodate family members from across the country who are unable to attend the graduation ceremony.
Lydia Paterson of Kansas City, Kansas, will be one of the USM graduates.
She competed in pistol shooting at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Paterson, a biology major, competed in the 10-meter air pistol competition in Rio.
At USM, she earned a seat in the highly-competitive Stefani Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.
“I’ve had my sights set on physical therapy for a while, and I can’t think of a better place to pursue my dream,” said Paterson. “Physical therapy merges my two passions – sport and health – so it just seemed like a natural fit for me. It’s what gave me the opportunity to pursue the sport I love while maintaining my physical health.”
Local high schools soon will be having their graduation ceremonies.
Basehor-Linwood High School will have its graduation May 16. Leavenworth High School and Lansing High School seniors will graduate May 18. Seniors at Pleasant Ridge High School will graduate May 19.