COLUMBIA — Students might be cramming for finals now, but by the weekend, it will be commencement time for seniors and graduate students finishing their degrees.
Colleges and professional schools from MU will grant a total of 5,532 degrees during commencement ceremonies this weekend, an increase from the 4,963 granted by MU in spring 2009.
NOTE: Students in the School of Social Work will participate in the College of Human Environmental Sciences ceremony. The School of Natural Resources will hold a separate commencement ceremony from the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.
- College of Veterinary Medicine
1 p.m., Jesse Auditorium, Jesse Hall
Speaker: John R. Clifford, deputy administrator, U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services-Veterinary Services.
- College of Human Environmental Sciences
2 p.m., Hearnes Center
Speaker: Stephen Jorgensen, dean of the College of Human Environmental Sciences
- Sinclair School of Nursing
4 p.m., Jesse Auditorium, Jesse Hall
Student Speakers: Andrew White, BSN candidate, Andrew Navarro, BSN candidate, and Susan Stroder, MSN candidate.
- College of Education
5 p.m., Mizzou Arena
Speaker: Chris Belcher, superintendent of Columbia Public Schools
- College of Engineering
6:30 p.m., Jesse Auditorium, Jesse Hall
Speaker: Gary Forsee, president of the University of Missouri System
- Graduate School
8 p.m., Hearnes Center
Speaker: George Justice, vice provost for Advanced Studies and dean of the Graduate School
- Honors Ceremony (see site for more detailed info)
9 a.m., Francis Quadrangle
Speakers: Leon Russell, president of the World Veterinary Association, and Eugenie Scott, executive director of the National Center for Science Education, Honorary Degree Recipients
In the event of inclement weather, the Honors Ceremony will be held in Mizzou Arena.
- School of Natural Resources
noon, Jesse Auditorium, Jesse Hall
Speaker: Mark Templeton, director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources
- College of Arts and Science
1 p.m., Hearnes Center
Speaker: Brady Deaton, chancellor of the University of Missouri
- School of Medicine
2:30 p.m., Jesse Auditorium, Jesse Hall
Speaker: Alexander Garza, assistant secretary for health affairs and chief medical officer, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- Trulaske College of Business
3 p.m., Mizzou Arena
Speaker: Daryl Smith, vice president-Human Resources, Galls, Inc.
- College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
6 p.m., Hearnes Center
Speaker: U.S. Sen. Christopher Bond of Missouri
- School of Health Professions
7 p.m., Jesse Auditorium, Jesse Hall
Speaker: Judy Baker, regional director, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- School of Journalism
8 p.m., Mizzou Arena
Speaker: Bill Geist, Emmy Award-winning correspondent for CBS News and a New York Times best-selling author
- ROTC Commissioning of Officers
Speaker: Gen. Barney Forsythe, president of Westminster College
- School of Law
1:30 p.m., Jesse Auditorium, Jesse Hall
Speaker: Mavis Thompson, president of the National Bar Association
- Graduate and continuing education ceremony
10 a.m., John and Mary Silverthorne Arena (on Dorsey Street)
Speaker: Rose T. Dunn, past president of the American Health Information Management Association, will deliver the keynote address. Kristen Burnfin of Gladstone will be the class speaker.
2 p.m., John and Mary Silverthorne Arena (on Dorsey Street)
- Speaker: Stephens College President Dianne Lynch gives the keynote address. Alexandra Abrams of Little Rock, Ark., will be the class speaker.
Stephens College will confer 184 bachelor's degrees and 57 master's degrees in two separate graduation ceremonies on Saturday — one for graduate and continuing studies degree recipients, the other for undergraduates. Last spring the college awarded 165 bachelor's degrees and 39 master's degrees.
Each MU degree or certificate-granting program hosts their own graduation ceremonies, kicking off with the College of Veterinary Medicine at 1 p.m. Friday and concluding with the College of Law at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
Students selected by their college or school to receive academic honors — whether honors certificates, departmental, divisional, university honors or Latin honors (cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude) — will take part in the honors ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday morning at Francis Quadrangle.
Two MU graduates will receive honorary degrees at the honors ceremony: Leon Russell and Eugenie Scott.
Russell, a faculty member at Texas A & M University, received a bachelor's degree in animal science and a doctorate in veterinary medicine at MU. Russell has worked in the areas of public health, toxicology and zoonotic disease (disease which affects humans and animals alike).
Scott, an author and researcher, received a doctorate in anthropology from MU and is the executive director of the National Center for Science Education in Oakland, Calif., which provides educational resources to counter efforts to eliminate evolution from school curricula.
Rose T. Dunn will give the keynote talk at Stephens College graduate and continuing studies commencement ceremony. Dunn is past president of the American Health Information Management Association. Kristen Burnfin, receiving a master of education in curriculum and instruction, will be the student speaker.
Stephens College President Dianne Lynch will give the keynote address at the Stephens College undergraduate ceremony. The class speaker will be Alexandra Abrams, graduating cum laude with a B.S. in mass media.