COLUMBIA — More than 2,000 students will toss up their mortarboards and become alumni this week during commencement ceremonies at MU, Stephens College and Columbia College.
Ceremonies at MU will be held Friday and Saturday at either Hearnes Center or Jesse Auditorium, depending on the school or college.
MU will give 2,107 degrees to 1,969 students over the weekend, with some receiving more than one degree, according to an MU news release. Of those, 1,473 are bachelor's degrees, 480 master's degrees, 143 doctoral degrees, three law degrees and eight educational specialist degrees.
"They (students) are celebrating their accomplishments in front of family and friends," said Cathy Scroggs, vice chancellor for student affairs. "They are excited about the next step they're taking."
Actor Robert Loggia and author William Trogdon will be presented with honorary degrees during MU's honors convocation, which starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
Loggia, an MU School of Journalism graduate, has performed in more than 100 films including "Scarface," "Independence Day" and "Jagged Edge." He has been nominated for one Academy Award and several Emmy Awards.
Under the pen name William Least Heat-Moon, Trogdon has published several travel and historical novels, including "Blue Highways," which topped The New York Times' best-seller list for 34 weeks. Trogdon has received four degrees from MU, including a bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree in English, as well as a bachelor's degree in photojournalism.
Many of MU's schools and colleges will feature speakers, including:
- Greg Garrison, managing partner of U.S. operations at PricewaterhouseCoopers, will speak at 2 p.m. Friday at the School of Business commencement.
- Randy Cox, director of visual journalism at The Oregonian, will speak at 6 p.m. Friday* at the School of Journalism commencement.
- Brett Begemann, executive vice president and chief commercial officer at Monsanto, will speak at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources commencement.
A complete list of dates, times and parking information for MU's commencement ceremonies is available on MU's commencement website.
Stephens College will give out 29 bachelor's degrees and 31 master's degrees during its fall commencement ceremony at 6 p.m. Thursday in Kimball Ballroom of Lela Raney Wood Hall, according to a news release.
Commencement ceremonies for Columbia College will be held at noon and 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Southwell Complex Gymnasium. Doors will open for guests at Southwell Complex an hour before each ceremony.
A total of 366 students will participate in Columbia College's ceremonies, with 226 in the first and 140 in the second, document imaging manager Angie Myers said.
Columbia College also plans to live stream its ceremony.