Culver-Stockton College announces the Class of 2022 Commencement will be held on May 14 at 9:30 a.m. in the Charles Field House, where John Wood Community College (JWCC) President Michael Elbe will deliver the commencement address.

Michael Elbe Headshot

“We are thrilled to welcome President Elbe to “the Hill” to encourage our students,” President Douglas B. Palmer said. “As a retiring president and local partner in education, we are honored that he accepted our invitation to impart wisdom with our graduates.” Mr. Michael Elbe has served JWCC in a number of capacities since 1990 and plans to retire from the College as President in December.

Elbe will address nearly 200 graduating Culver-Stockton College students who are receiving either undergraduate or graduate degrees. His speech titled “Achieving your Dreams” will reflect on Elbe’s educational journey, leadership path, and lessons learned. As a long-time coach, Elbe hopes to inspire the audience with personal lessons and offer a challenge to achieve one’s dreams best.

During the ceremony, C-SC will award Elbe an Honorary Doctor of Education (honoris causa) to commend him for his years of service to the educational community. Elbe shared, “It will be my privilege to address the Culver-Stockton graduates during this momentous occasion, and I could not be more humbled and honored to receive the Honorary Doctor of Education.”

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NOTE: A number that appears immediately after a person’s name (i.e. Jane Doe ’18) is a reference to the year that person earned their bachelor’s degree from Culver-Stockton.

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