Grand Rapids Superintendent of Schools Gives Cornerstone University Commencement Address to Largest Graduating Class in History

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Teresa Weatherall Neil will give the featured commencement address during the traditional undergraduate ceremony featuring the most graduates in one class.

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Teresa Weatherall Neal, superintendent of the Grand Rapids Public School, will speak to Cornerstone University's largest graduating class in history on May 2.

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
-Traditional undergraduate program will celebrate at 10 a.m., May 2
-Professional and 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’s in Arts degree from Grand Rapids Community College, a Bachelor’s 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 and Graduate Studies ceremony.

For more information about commencement, visit http://www.cornerstone.edu/commencement. #cornerstone15

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