The Newman University community stretches 500 miles west of the Wichita city limits to Colorado Springs, where an off-campus location is home to an extension of the Master of Social Work (MSW) program.
This past weekend, Director of Alumni Relations Sarah Strole accompanied Newman University Provost Kimberly Long, Ph.D. and Dean of Graduate Studies Fr. Joseph Gile on the trek west to attend a graduation celebration.
The 2017 MSW graduating class consisted of 54 graduates, which is the largest number of graduates the Colorado Springs program has posted to date.
The celebration that took place was not a formal commencement ceremony, but rather it was an opportunity offered to the students to be recognized for all of their hard work in the setting which housed their efforts. The celebration consisted of the presentation of the students' hood and pin, an invocation given by Gile, and a class address by Strole.
This celebration is just one of the many inclusion efforts that have been made on behalf of the university to ensure that the students who are a part of the Colorado Springs program are equally recognized for their achievements. All 54 graduates were also invited to attend the formal commencement ceremony for Newman University graduate students, which took place in Wichita on May 13.
“When you are in a different state from the main campus, it can be easy to feel like you are overlooked," Strole said. "[But] they are a part of Newman just as much as our on-campus people. Their success, our successes, they all work together to make Newman what it is."