For Immediate Release
Missouri State University Commencement
685 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway
Tom Black Center for Excellence, Inc.
May 14, 2010 - Springfield, MO. Missouri State University has selected Tom Black (The Boxcar Millionaire) for their commencement address Friday, May 14th. Tom graduated from then Southwest Missouri State University with a degree in Rhetoric and Public Address. He was a nationally ranked debater and was active in student government. He is a significant contributor to the University and remains in close contact with the current debate team.
His business career is a true rags to riches story. Born in humble circumstances, he has built several large nationally known companies in the banking services industry. Recently he created the Tom Black Center for Excellence to teach and coach sales and sales management. He has been asked to deliver keynote speeches around the world, and is the author of the wildly popular book, “Boxcar Millionaire”. Tom says, “The highest honor I have received in a lifetime of honors is being asked to give the commencement address at my university”.
Missouri State University was founded in 1905 originally a “normal school” to train teachers and prepare them for the public school systems in the southwest region of Missouri. In 1945, it became Southwest Missouri State College to display the school's expansion beyond teacher education to liberal arts and sciences. It became Missouri State University in 2005 to reflect an institution with tens of thousands of students as well as higher admissions standards and increased graduate programs. It has grown into Missouri’s largest undergraduate business school. Serving students from every state and over 100 countries, Missouri State University continues to provide a high quality of education for the world. Known for both its excellence in sports and academics, its alumni have achieved success in every field.
Missouri State University will confer 2,539 degrees during the spring commencement ceremony May 14 at JQH Arena.