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Malone University's 120th Commencement

Malone University will conduct its 120th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, April 28.

More than an estimated 600 undergraduate and graduate students are expected to receive their degrees in one ceremony at Faith Family Church in North Canton.

Joan MussaThe speaker for the Commencement ceremony is Joan Mussa, senior vice president for donor engagement, advocacy, and communication.

For Joan Mussa, her deep faith, love for children, and concern for the poor all came together when she joined World Vision two decades ago. Today she is senior vice president for Donor Engagement, Advocacy and Communications. She is responsible for more than 600 staff and reports to the president of the U.S. office of World Vision. Mussa leads private and mass market fund-raising efforts, including acquiring, growing and serving more than 2 million supporter relationships in the U.S. She is charged with building a robust Internet presence and engaging churches, major donors, and foundations with World Vision. Mussa is also responsible for the Advocacy and Communications departments.

Mussa grew up in Minnesota and earned a bachelor’s degree at Augsburg College. She went on to earn a master’s in broadcast production and management from the University of Michigan. She started a broadcasting career at an NBC affiliate in Minneapolis. In 1985, the station sent her to cover a famine in East Africa. Going overseas during the famine was a life-changing moment for Mussa; she came back and committed herself to serving the poor. A job soon opened up with World Vision and Mussa became a regional communicator in Nairobi, Kenya. She later accepted a position with World Vision’s U.S. office.

Mussa is a natural storyteller and an expert in a wide range of topics. She enjoys talking about children in need, speaking up for the poor, how God can use defining moments to shape our lives, and how we can live boldly to make a difference in the world.