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Guest Speaker Announced for Ottawa University Arizona Commencement


Ottawa University Arizona is thrilled to announce that Shelly C. Lowe, Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities, will serve as the distinguished guest speaker for its commencement ceremony on May 11th, 2024.

As an esteemed scholar, advocate, and leader, Shelly C. Lowe brings a wealth of experience and insight to this momentous occasion. Her tenure as Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities underscores her commitment to advancing education, fostering cultural understanding, and preserving the rich tapestry of human history and achievement.

"We are honored to welcome Shelly C. Lowe as our commencement speaker," said Dennis Tyner, Campus President at Ottawa University Arizona. "Her dedication to the humanities and her exemplary leadership serve as an inspiration to our graduating class as they embark on their next chapter."

Shelly C. Lowe's remarkable career includes serving as the Vice President for Native American Initiatives at Arizona State University, where she spearheaded initiatives to promote Indigenous education and elevate Indigenous voices in academia. Her tireless efforts have earned her widespread recognition and acclaim in the field of higher education.

The commencement ceremony, which will take place on May 11th, 2024, at Faith Arena, promises to be a memorable event for graduates, faculty, families, and guests alike. Shelly C. Lowe's address is sure to resonate with attendees as she shares her wisdom, experiences, and vision for the future.

For more information about Ottawa University Arizona's commencement ceremony and to RSVP, please visit or contact Ben Andree, Ottawa University Director of Marketing at


About Ottawa University

Founded in 1865, Ottawa University prepares professional and liberal arts graduates for lifetimes of personal significance, vocational fulfillment and service to God and humanity as a Christ-inspired community of grace and open inquiry. Ottawa University is a comprehensive, not-for-profit educational institution, serving more than 4,500 students through its residential campuses in Ottawa, Kan., and Surprise, Ariz., and adult campuses in Overland Park, Kan.; Surprise, Ariz.; Brookfield, Wis.; and online. Visit for more information.

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