More Than 5,500 Graduates to Receive Degrees from Mizzou

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University of Missouri students participate in Tiger Prowl on May 4. Tiger Prowl occurs each May and is the reverse of Tiger Walk. During the prowl, graduating seniors stand on the south side of Francis Quadrangle and walk through the Columns toward the city of Columbia to symbolize their upcoming graduation from the university. More than 5,500 students are expected to receive degrees from Mizzou during the weekend of May 11-13.

Liz McCune
News Source: 
MU News Bureau
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Campus

COLUMBIA, Mo. – During the weekend of May 11-13, approximately 5,510 students will receive degrees during spring commencement ceremonies at the University of Missouri. University officials also will honor Ann Covington, a Mizzou alumna and the first woman to serve as chief justice of the Supreme Court of Missouri; and MU alumnus Richard Orin, an expert in tax law dedicated to professional responsibility and ethics.

“Commencement weekend is a time to celebrate the hard work and achievements of all our graduates,” Chancellor Alexander Cartwright said. “The University of Missouri is proud of their achievements and confident that they will continue to be successful after graduation as members of the Mizzou Alumni Association.”

The career outlook for Mizzou graduates is bright. A recent survey shows that more than 90 percent of MU graduates have found successful career outcomes, including whether they are involved in public service, in the military or are continuing their education. MU’s career outcomes rate ranks well above the average of Mizzou’s peer groups.

“The results of this survey indicate that Mizzou graduates are prepared to be successful in a very competitive job market,” Interim Provost Jim Spain said. “They are prepared and eager to embark on the next stage of their lives, whether that be starting their career, pursuing additional schooling, volunteering with a service organization or joining the military.”

During commencement weekend, MU will award 6,105 degrees, including 4,564 bachelor’s degrees, 911 master’s degrees, 315 doctorates, 90 law degrees, 111 veterinary medicine degrees, 98 medicine degrees and 16 education specialist degrees. Some students will receive more than one degree. More than 540 online students, who come from 39 states and seven countries, also will graduate.

Each school and college at MU holds separate ceremonies for commencement, and many invite notable speakers to address the graduates. Speakers at this year’s commencement ceremonies include:

  • Anne Deaton, co-founder of the Brady and Anne Deaton Institute for University Leadership in International Development and former first lady of MU, will speak at the College of Human Environmental Sciences/School of Social Work ceremony on May 13.
  • Johnny Morris, founder and CEO of Brass Pro Shops, will speak at the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources/School of Natural Resources ceremony on May 11.
  • Bob Priddy, former news director of MissouriNet and current president of the State Historical Society of Missouri Board of Trustees, will speak at the College of Arts and Science ceremony on May 12.
  • Yashika Nicole Tippett-Eggleson, retired captain in the U.S. Army Reserve and founding principal of Air Force Academy High School, will speak at the College of Education ceremony on May 11.

Note: A detailed schedule of events and biographical information of the honorary degree recipients Ann Covington and Richard Orin are attached.

For more information on the commencement ceremonies and Columbia accommodations, please visit: http://commencement.missouri.edu.

Parking note: This year, spring commencement ceremonies will coincide with the SEC Softball tournament, bringing an influx of visitors to the campus area and creating traffic/parking congestion.

Commencement guests should arrive no earlier than 30 minutes before the commencement ceremony begins as several ceremonies are being held at the same locations throughout the weekend. Officials will need some time to help guests leave the parking area before spots will be available for the next ceremony. Graduates should be at the location of their respective ceremonies 60 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.

Public parking is available in lots J, K, O, M and P, with accessible parking available in lots K, O and the north M lot. More information, including a parking map, is posted online: https://news.missouri.edu/2018/may-2018/

MU Spring Commencement 2018
Schedule of Events

Note: Students in the School of Social Work will participate in the College of Human Environmental Sciences ceremony.

Friday, May 11

College of Education
1 p.m.
Hearnes Center
Speaker: Yashika Nicole Tippett-Eggleson, retired captain in the U.S. Army Reserve and founding principal of Air Force Academy High School.

College of Veterinary Medicine
2 p.m.
Jesse Auditorium, Jesse Hall
Speaker: Michael Lairmore, dean of the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine

College of Engineering
4:30 p.m.
Mizzou Arena
Speaker: Dave Haffner, retired CEO and board chair of Leggett & Platt

College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources/School of Natural Resources
8 p.m.
Hearnes Center
Speaker: Johnny Morris, founder and CEO of Bass Pro Shops

Saturday, May 12

Honors Convocation
8:30 a.m.
Mizzou Arena
Speaker: Honorary degree recipients, Ann Covington, former chief justice of the Supreme Court of Missouri; and Richard Orin, founding member and later president of the American Association of Attorney CPAs.

School of Medicine
11:30 a.m.
Jesse Auditorium, Jesse Hall
Speaker: Debra Howenstine, associate professor of clinical family and community medicine

Trulaske College of Business
12:30 p.m.
Hearnes Center
Speaker: Denise Mills, co-founder and Chief Mindset Office for the LeaderFuel Center, a leadership development consultant firm

Sinclair School of Nursing
3 p.m.
Jesse Auditorium, Jesse Hall
Speaker: Select professor and students from the Sinclair School of Nursing

College of Arts and Science
4:30 p.m.
Mizzou Arena
Speaker: Bob Priddy, former news director of MissouriNet and current president of the State Historical Society of Missouri Board of Trustees

Sunday, May 13

College of Human Environmental Sciences/School of Social Work
9 a.m.
Mizzou Arena
Speaker: Anne Deaton, co-founder of the Brady and Anne Deaton Institute for University Leadership in International Development and former first lady of MU

School of Health Professions
11 a.m.
Hearnes Center
Speaker: Mike Carr, CEO of PURAIR, a medical oxygen supplier serving Kansas City

School of Law
12:30 p.m.
Jesse Auditorium, Jesse Hall
Speaker: Paul C. Wilson, justice of the Supreme Court of Missouri

Office of Graduate Studies (master’s and education specialists)
2:30 p.m.
Mizzou Arena

School of Journalism
5:30 p.m.
Hearnes Center
Speaker: Jon Cook, global CEO of VML, a marketing and advertising agency

Office of Graduate Studies (hooding ceremony for doctoral candidates)
2:30 p.m.
Mizzou Arena

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