President Carter

Dr. Jacque Carter, university president, welcomes guests, visitors and graduates to Doane’s commencement May 11.

Doane University recognized graduates from the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Professional Studies and the College of Education at a commencement ceremony May 11.

The university awarded approximately 440 undergraduate and graduate degrees at Cassel Open Air Theatre on the Crete campus.

A ceremony for students in the College of Professional Studies and Graduate Studies in Education programs was held in the morning.

Mailani Veney, co-founder and CEO of LocalAnyDay, spoke at that ceremony.

LocalAnyDay is a nationwide technology company that is the No. 1 food and drink app in multiple markets, connecting people with local businesses.

Veney is among the 2% of female CEOs of high-growth tech companies in Nebraska. In 2017, she received the Inspire Award for Entrepreneurship. 

Veney will be president of Nebraska’s largest service club, Lincoln Rotary No. 14, from 2019 to 2020 and is a member of the Nebraska Angels investor group.

For students in the College of Arts and Sciences, commencement was held in the afternoon.

Jay Izso ’87 spoke for the afternoon ceremony. Izso is a former psychology professor turned business consultant, author and speaker. He inspires coaches, athletes, small businesses and entrepreneurs through inspirational speaking and as an author.

His books include The Social Media Playbook for Student Athletes, The Social Media Playbook for Coaches and Administrators and Lessons from the Farm: Essential Rules for Success.

More information about commencement can be found at

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