April 26, 2012
SUBJECT: C OF O COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER MR. STEVE GRANT TO RECEIVE HONORARY DOCTOR OF PUBLIC SERVICE
College of the Ozarks will hold its Commencement on May 13, at which time 308 students will receive their bachelor degrees. Mr. Steve Grant, KY3 Senior Anchor and Ozarks Honor Flight Spokesman, will give the Commencement address entitled “Hard Work Beats Mere Talent.”
The College wishes to recognize Mr. Grant for his long-time dedication to bringing the news to the Ozarks and for his work in ensuring WWII Veterans are honored with the opportunity to visit their memorial in our nation’s capital. Because of his efforts, more than 1,200 WWII Veterans living in the Ozarks have visited the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C.
During Commencement, College of the Ozarks President Jerry C. Davis, assisted by Trustee Dr. Max Ruhl (C of O alumnus and former Dean of Education and Human Services at Northwest Missouri State University), will confer an Honorary Doctor of Public Service degree to Mr. Grant.
“Not only has Steve served the Ozarks by reporting news that people want to know and need to know, he has taken a leadership role in promoting the Ozarks Honor Flight program, both widely admired in state and out of state,” said President Davis. “The College shares this important effort to recognize those who have served our country and to educate younger generations about the service and sacrifice given by Veterans.”
Mr. Grant began anchoring and reporting for NBC affiliate KY3-TV just after his 20th birthday. To date, he has completed more than 20,000 hours of on-camera reporting. Over the years, his assignments have taken him to every city in the KY3 viewing area, as well as New York City, Washington, D.C., Hollywood, and the Vatican.
Embracing his faith and spirit of volunteerism, he has served as the spokesman for Ozarks Honor Flight since 2009, was one of the founding board members of “The Kitchen,” and is in his 12th year of serving on the Springfield (Sheltered) Workshop’s Board of Trustees.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Communications from Evangel University in 1976. Recently, Mr. Grant was part of the Poynter Journalism Institute’s “Anchors as Leaders” class of 2011.
Commencement begins at 2 p.m. and will be held in the Keeter Gymnasium. The Baccalaureate service, featuring Dr. Stephen J. Andrews, Professor and Director of Ph.D. Program at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, will begin at 11 a.m. in the Keeter Gymnasium on May 13, as well. General admission seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please contact the Dean of the College office at (417) 690-2278 for more information.