Superintendent of GRPS Speaks at CU 2015 Commencement


Cornerstone University will celebrate commencement with three individual ceremonies granting 733 degrees over the next two days.

Grand Rapids Theological Seminary will hold its ceremony at 7 p.m., May 1; the traditional undergraduate program will celebrate at 10 a.m., May 2; and the Professional & Graduate Studies program will hold commencement at 3 p.m. on May 2. A reception will follow both May 2 ceremonies.

Weatherall Neal, head of the fourth largest public school district in Michigan, will address 244 traditional undergraduate students, the largest graduating class in history in the Hansen Athletic Center.

Neal has worked for GRPS for 37 years where she started as a student worker as a teenager. She has worked in numerous capacities throughout the district. Prior to her appointment to Superintendent, she worked as the Assistant Superintendent of Community and Student Affairs for seven years.

She attended South Middle School and graduated from Creston High School. She earned an Associate of Arts degree from Grand Rapids Community College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from Grand Valley State University and a master's degree in educational leadership from Western Michigan University.

Dr. Rev. Royce Evans, director of the Urban Cohort program at GRTS, will be the featured speaker at the evening commencement ceremony for GRTS. Seventy-three graduates will receive degrees during the celebration in the Hansen Athletic Center.

Cornerstone University President Dr. Joe Stowell will speak at the Professional & Graduate Studies division ceremony.

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