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Paralympian Kerri Morgan to Speak at Commencement

ST. LOUIS – Kerri Morgan, an accomplished athlete, a 2012 Paralympic bronze medalist, and a university educator, will serve as guest speaker at Fontbonne University’s May commencement ceremonies. Morgan will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters at both ceremonies, which will be held Saturday, May 18, in the Dunham Student Activity Center, 6800 Wydown Blvd., St. Louis. The graduate ceremony will take place at 10 a.m., and the undergraduate ceremony will take place at 2 p.m.

“We are honored to have Kerri Morgan as our May 2013 commencement speaker,” said Dr. Dennis C. Golden, Fontbonne president. “At Fontbonne, our students, faculty and staff strive to serve a world in need, and Ms. Morgan is a great representative of that mission. She sets an example of unfaltering perseverance, determination and leadership, not only for our students, but for the world at large.”

Morgan holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth and a master’s degree in occupational therapy from Washington University in St. Louis, where she is an instructor in the Department of Neurology and Program in Occupational Therapy. Currently, Morgan is pursuing a doctorate degree in movement science from Washington University.

In 2008, Morgan traveled to Beijing where she placed fifth in the 100- and 200-meter events at the Paralympic Games. At the 2012 Paralympics in London, Morgan achieved a podium finish, this time earning bronze medals in the 100- and 200-meter events. Morgan also holds the distinction of being the first woman named to the U.S. Quad Rugby Team.

Isabella Liu, of Taipei, Taiwan, will serve as the undergraduate commencement student speaker. Katherine Dunahoo will serve as the graduate commencement student speaker.

We have made arrangements for the video stream of the graduation ceremony to be available in the comfort of your home! This will be extremely helpful for those family members that may not be able to attend in person. Below is the video link that can be used on Saturday, May 18, 2013 to view the graduation ceremony directly.

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