Independence resident and Centerpoint Medical Center employee Kimberly Baker delivered remarks at WGU Missouri University’s commencement ceremony on June 27 at the Touhill Performing Arts Center in St. Louis.

Baker also received her Master of Science-Nursing Leadership and Management degree.

Five additional area residents were also recognized at the ceremony:

• Chris Lievsay, Master of Arts in Mathematics Education, from Blue Springs.

• Sheila Pitts, Master of Business Administration in Information Technology Management, from Grain Valley.

• Ericka Gillard, Master of Business Administration in Health Care Management, from Independence.

• Terry Kirstie, Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems, from Lee’s Summit.

• Courtney Hayes, Bachelor of Arts in Special Education, from Lee’s Summit.

WGU Missouri is a competency-based, online university created to expand access to higher education for Missouri residents. The university offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the fields of business, K-12 teacher education, information technology, and health professions, including nursing. This year’s graduates – 110 undergraduate and 92 graduate – represented more than 100 cities across the state.

- Karl Zinke