Hokenstad to speak at 2016 Augustana University Commencement

Dr. Terry Hokenstad, Augustana's 2016 Commencement speaker

Dr. M.C. “Terry” Hokenstad, Augustana Class of 1958 and distinguished university professor at Case Western Reserve University, will deliver the Commencement Address at the ceremony recognizing the Augustana Class of 2016 on Saturday, May 21, at the Sioux Falls Arena.

Hokenstad is the Ralph S. and Dorothy P. Schmitt professor at Case Western’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and serves as professor of Global Health in the University’s School of Medicine.

Active in international organizations, Hokenstad has served as a consultant to the United Nations and was a member of the United States delegation to the U.N. World Assembly on Ageing in 2002. He has been president of the North American and Caribbean Region of the International Association of Schools of Social Work and has served as both treasurer and membership secretary of IASSW. At the national level, he has been president of the Council on Social Work Education, the national accrediting body for schools of social work, and chair of the International Committee for the National Association of Social Workers.

Hokenstad has written extensively on international themes. His publications include nine books and numerous articles, chapters and monographs, in the fields of comparative social welfare, care of the elderly, and international social work practice and education. Hokenstad has served as a Fulbright research scholar at the Institute of Applied Social Research in Oslo, Norway; as a visiting scholar at the National Institute of Social Work in London; and as a senior Fulbright lecturer at Stockholm University in Sweden.

He taught and carried out research as a Canterbury fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, and as an academic visitor at the London School of Economics. He has led delegations of social workers and social work educators to China, Cuba, Japan, Russia, and South Africa, and has lectured and led workshops in those countries, as well as in India, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, and throughout Europe. In addition, he has directed affiliation programs funded by the United States Information Agency with universities in Sweden and Hungary.

Global aging has been a special focus of Dr. Hokenstad’s career. He is a member of the Non-governmental Organization Committee on Aging at the United Nations, and in 2000, was appointed to serve on the UN Expert Committee responsible for drafting the International Plan of Action on Aging.

Born in Nebraska, Hokenstad earned his master's degree from Columbia University and his Ph.D. from Brandeis University’s Florence Heller Graduate School for Advanced Studies in Social Welfare. He also holds a Certificate in Educational Management from Harvard University.

In recognition of his many professional achievements, Augustana will present Hokenstad with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree during the Commencement ceremony.