THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: Holiday cheer, graduation elation and a new UM System president

Sunday, December 18, 2011 | 7:53 p.m. CST

Images of holiday festivities, graduation celebrations and a new president for the University of Missouri System were among last week's best photos by the Missourian staff.

In a photo by Jeremy Jardine, John Alspaugh, left, and his son, Bruce Alspaugh, wrap a freshly cut tree in netting for a customer at the Christmas tree farm on Mexico Gravel Road in early December. John Alspaugh, a former MU statistics professor, runs the farm as a retirement activity rather than a business, and his son helps him with some of the labor.

In a photo by Sarah Hoffman, Timothy M. Wolfe waves Tuesday after the announcement of his appointment as the University of Missouri System's 23rd president. Wolfe will take over the duties of current interim President Stephen Owens in mid-February. Wolfe is a graduate of MU's College of Business and Columbia's Rock Bridge High School.

In a photo by Matthew Busch, MU Trulaske College of Business graduates Jonathan P. Leone, left, Timothy Martin and Tanya Traiberman get ready to be seated at the college's commencement Friday at the Hearnes Center.

In a photo by Pinar Istek, Glennie Hardy, 9, looks away from atop the Bethlehem Baptist Church float before the start of the Christmas Tractor Parade on Friday in Centralia. Hardy dressed as the Virgin Mary for the parade.

In a photo by Katie Currid, Keitha Ellison of Springfield, Mo., keeps her form while watching her weight slide down the table Saturday during the 10th annual Missouri State Shuffleboard Championship at the Columbia Elks Lodge.

In another photo by Busch, Shane Riley climbs the Columbia Star Dinner Train's main locomotive as the crew gets ready to take off on a night trip to Centralia. The dinner train has served almost 5,000 passengers since it began service five months ago.

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