Maryville University to take part in state-wide Graduate Education Week

ST. LOUIS – Maryville University will mark Graduate Education Week from April 21-28 with a variety of events designed to raise awareness about opportunities provided by graduate education.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has issued a proclamation in honor of Graduate Education Week 2012, saying Missouri graduate programs are preparing more than 60,900 master’s and doctoral students to meet workforce needs. He said that graduate education is a catalyst for scientific discovery, economic development, workforce vitality and global understanding.

More than 290,000 Missouri residents hold advanced degrees and their salaries bolster the state economy. To be competitive, Missouri needs to keep increasing the number of workers who have advanced degrees.

Maryville University’s graduate student enrollment stands at about 800, with students seeking advanced degrees available in education, arts and sciences, business and health professions.

Here are details of Maryville’s Graduate Education Week events:

April 20 – Strategic Communication and Leadership and Organizational Leadership Graduate Research Symposium.  Graduate students will present their papers in a forum where they will receive feedback from professors and their peers. This event is open to anyone interested in learning more about social science scholarship in these graduate programs at Maryville. It is from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Anheuser-Busch Academic Center, Room 3245.

April 24 – “So You Think You Want to Go to Grad School?” This informational session will provide an opportunity for those who want a master’s or doctoral degree to learn more. This event will be at 3 p.m. in the Donius University Center, Room 107.

April 24 – Master’s of Education Capstone Presentations. This event will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Gander Hall in the Pritchard Room. Students earning their master’s of education will highlight the work and research they have done, and their presentations are open to those who want to know more.

April 25 – Way Out Wednesday. This event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Maryville’s outdoor quad will include information about the Graduate Bridge (Accelerated) Program Options. Maryville offers unique opportunities for students to enroll in graduate courses while they are completing their undergraduate degrees. Maryville also provides opportunities for working professionals who would like to build on their associate degrees. With accelerated courses of study, students can work toward both undergraduate and master’s degrees at once. Bridge master’s degrees are offered in education, secondary teaching and inquiry, rehabilitation counseling, music therapy and actuarial science. A master of social work degree is also available in conjunction with Saint Louis University.

April 28 – School of Education Doctoral Convocation. Students who have earned their doctorates in education will participate in this cap-and-gown ceremony where they will also receive their academic hoods, additional robing marked with discipline-specific colors. As students are recognized, they will also be featured in a short, pre-recorded video where they reflect on completing their degrees. The convocation is at 10 a.m. in the Maryville Auditorium.