Missouri S&T commencement speakers announced

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On May 2, 2024

Dec. 16, 2023 commencement ceremony

Graduates pose for photos as they depart from Missouri S&T’s commencement ceremony on Dec. 16, 2023. Photo by Michael Pierce/Missouri S&T.

More than 1,100 Missouri University of Science and Technology graduates will be awarded degrees during three upcoming ceremonies. Dr. Kim Colter, a community hospitalist for Mercy, will speak at the May 10 ceremony for Ph.D. graduates. Robert “Bob” Clark, founder of Clayco, will speak at both May 11 ceremonies.

All three ceremonies will be held at the Gale Bullman Building, 10th Street and Bishop Avenue in Rolla. The first ceremony, for Ph.D. graduates, will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, May 10. The other two ceremonies, for bachelor’s and master’s degree recipients, will begin at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, May 11. Saturday’s ceremonies are divided by discipline.

Each event will be livestreamed via Missouri S&T’s Facebook page and on Zoom for those guests needing closed captioning. For more details about commencement ceremonies, visit registrar.mst.edu/commencement.

Speaker biographies

Dr. Kim D. Colter earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1973. Colter also earned a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1974. He earned a medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 1978. Following his residency training in family medicine at the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Columbia, Colter has practiced family medicine in Washington, Missouri, for 43 years.

He is married to Elaine Menke, who earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from S&T in 1973. Colter and Menke have two adult daughters and one grandchild.

Robert Clark

Robert (Bob) Clark founded Clayco, a real estate development and design-build construction company in 1984 in St. Louis, his hometown. Clayco had revenue of over $5 billion in 2023 with approximately $1 billion in real estate development. The company, now headquartered in Chicago, is among the largest builders of industrial, hyper-scale data facilities, advanced manufacturing, food and beverage, education, research, and health care projects.

Appointed by President Joe Biden as the U.S. Commissioner General for World Expo Dubai, Clark served in the State Department in 2021 and 2022. He also served as a trustee at Saint Louis University and Washington University’s School of Medicine, and was a former executive director and board member of the Central Institute for the Deaf.

Outside his professional endeavors, Clark enjoys time with his family at his Colorado ranch, hiking worldwide, and collecting works by talented Black and Native American artists for the Clark Collection.

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