Press Release

Dr. Woodrow Burt to Speak at HLGU Commencement Ceremony

Thursday, April 26, 2012
by Carolyn Carpenter

Hannibal-LaGrange University will hold its May commencement ceremony at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 5, in the Mabee Sports Complex. Approximately 200 graduates will receive degrees.

This year's commencement speaker will be HLGU's retiring president, Dr. Woodrow Burt. Since coming to the Baptist University over 30 years ago, Burt has seen the campus experience many changes. When he arrived as a member of the faculty, the school had a total enrollment of 369 students. This past fall the enrollment topped 1200.

Dr. Burt has served Hannibal-LaGrange University as a faculty member, director of admissions, dean of student affairs, academic dean and registrar, chief development officer, executive vice president, interim president and since 1995 presides as president. Dr. Burt was ordained to the ministry in 1967 and has served in ministry positions throughout the Midwest. He continues to be a well sought-after speaker to audiences across the state and around the country. 33 of his 38 years in higher education have been devoted to Hannibal-LaGrange University. Burt earned his Educational Specialist and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Dr. Burt and his wife, Katherine, have three children: Mark Burt (Letizia), Laura Brust (Bryon), and Jennifer Bence (Bill), and five (soon to be six) grandchildren.

During the graduation ceremony, the Parkway Distinguished Professor will be announced. This award is given by Parkway Baptist Church in St. Louis. Selection for the award is based on professional and personal outstanding contributions to Christian education.

Contact Information

Carolyn Carpenter
Director of Public Relations