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Jon Clifton Named 2019 Commencement Speaker


Global Managing Partner and Gallup board member, Jon Clifton, will cross the country next month to speak at Midland University’s 136th annual commencement ceremony.

Clifton will be the principal speaker in the ceremony’s morning program, which will take place on campus in Fremont at the Wikert Event Center Saturday, May 11.

“We are deeply pleased and honored to welcome Jon Clifton to campus for our 2019 commencement ceremony,” said Jody Horner, Midland University President. “Jon’s work inspires so much of what we believe and do here at Midland through our approach to whole-person development. Our collective efforts to develop as a strengths-based campus utilizing the Gallup CliftonStrengths assessment continues to enhance our students educational and career experiences for life-long success.”

As a Managing Partner of Gallup, Jon is driven by a mission to give voice to the world’s 7 billion citizens on topics varying from happiness, financial inclusion, modern slavery, business, economics, health and more through the Gallup World Poll — a 100-year initiative spanning 150 countries.

Clifton is a nonresident Senior Fellow at Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion. He serves on the Meridian International CenterStreetWise Partners, and Findyr.

Clifton has additionally earned significant recognition for his expertise and achievements, interviewing on BBC News, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, and Al-Jazeera, and has testified in front of the U.S. Congress on the state of American small business and entrepreneurship. He is a frequent contributor on and has written for The HillThe Diplomatic Courier, and The Global Action Report.

Jon Clifton received a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor in international law from the University of Nebraska.

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