Baker University

Area residents were among nearly 600 graduates at Baker University. They received their degrees during the May commencement ceremonies. Baker University is located in Baldwin City, Kansas City.

Independence - Laura Bower, associates of arts in business; Kent Clemmerson, associate of arts in business; Kelsey Cook, master of arts in education; Nicole Knight, master of arts in education; Elizabeth Mueller, master of arts in education

Southern College of Optometry

Jeffrey Coats of Independence was among 115 students recently awarded the Doctor of Optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. Coats graduated Cum Laude and was selected to receive the Outstanding Clinician Award for overall exemplary clinical performance, X-Cel Contacts Award and Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

He is a former graduate of Fort Osage High School and the University of Missouri in Columbia, where he earned a bachelor of science in biology. His parents are David and Patty Coats of Independence.

Optometrists are independent, primary health care providers who specialize in the examination, diagnosis, treatment and management of diseases/disorders of the visual system.