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Missouri Valley College will confer 196 degrees to students at its commencement ceremonies May 5 at Gregg-Mitchell Field on the MVC campus. The 2012 graduating class is the 123rd class to graduate from MVC. Including December 2011 and summer 2012 candidates for graduation, MVC will have conferred 9,331 degrees since 1889.
Baccalaureate begins at 11 a.m. and commencement begins at 2 p.m.
Edward “Mickey” Burns, a 1969 Missouri Valley College alumnus, television host, and founder and president of Quest Media Entertainment, will address the Class of 2012.
Since the creation of Profiles in 1999, Burns has hosted and produced over 300 episodes on the celebrity interview program. The program is aired in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Profiles guests have included Joe Montana, Maya Angelou, Joan Rivers, Danny Glover, Isaac Hayes, Joan Collins, Mario Lopez, Sally Struthers, Kinky Friedman, George Foreman, Billy Ray Cyrus, Mary Wilson, and more.
Three years after the debut of Profiles, the program became syndicated in other countries, including Japan, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In 2003 the show was acquired by New York City’s official television network, NYC TV. Profiles was selected as a 2009, 2010, and 2011 Telly Award winner. The Telly Awards honor outstanding television programs internationally. Profiles is the 24th most aired interview program nationwide.
In 2006, upon celebrating the program’s 100th episode milestone, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg wrote, “Over the past three years, your exemplary program has offered New Yorkers 100 opportunities to learn more about the long line of luminaries who have made our great city the entertainment capital of the world.”
“I am so excited to have Mickey back on our campus. Even though he is in the heart of New York City, he proudly wears his Missouri Valley College ring every day.” MVC President Bonnie Humphrey said. “Mickey’s professional accomplishments are very impressive, and he has a great story to share with our graduates.”
Burns found his way to MVC in 1965 from New Dorp High School in Staten Island, N.Y. At MVC Burns was a three-year starter football at tailback and a three-year starter for the baseball team.
“Thomas Wolfe wrote ‘You can’t go home again,’ but he was wrong, for indeed you can, and indeed I am,” Burns said. “I am thrilled and honored to have been selected as the keynote for my alma mater’s 2012 graduation ceremonies. Because of the education I received at Missouri Valley, I was able to carve out not just one, but two successful careers – first as an educator, and then as a television host and producer. I am just so excited to be able to share with the graduating students what a special place it was for me, and continues to be.”
Burns earned his degree in physical education at MVC and went on to earn his master’s degree in education from the University of Central Missouri in 1970. He then headed back to New York City and was a successful teacher and coach.
Burns entered the broadcast industry in the 1980s. During the 1990s Burns began working in front of the camera as a reporter and host for several television programs that included Special Edition, Island View, and Staten Island Live. During the 1990s, Burns served as a reporter for Election Night coverage for Time Warner Cable.
In 1996 Burns founded Quest Media Entertainment Inc., a television production company that produces television programs, television commercials, corporate promotional videos, and event filming.
Burns was honored as the 2008 MVC Outstanding Alumni Award winner. He will be presented with an honorary doctorate of humane letters at commencement.
Reverend Pam Sebastian, MVC Campus Chaplain, will address seniors at the baccalaureate ceremony.
Dr. Sharon Weiser, chief academic officer, will present two students with the Charles L. Bacon Distinguished Service Award. The award is given annually to a senior man and woman, which are voted on by the senior class.
MVC President Bonnie Humphrey will recognize MVC faculty and staff members at the annual faculty, staff and board of trustees recognition banquet at 6 p.m. on May 4 in the Ferguson Center R. Wilson Brown Room on the MVC campus. The President’s Staff Excellence Award winner and the John McCallum Excellence in Teaching Award winner will be announced. Faculty, staff and trustees will also be recognized for their years of service at MVC.
In case of inclement weather, baccalaureate and commencement ceremonies will be held in the Ashford Gymnasium.