MU to award 6,495 degrees to graduates in May

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 | 2:42 p.m. CDT; updated 9:22 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 2, 2012

COLUMBIA - MU's colleges and professional schools will confer 6,495 degrees to nearly 5,800 students on graduation weekend, May 11 to 13.

The ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m. May 11, with the Truman School of Public Affairs graduation and end at 1:30 p.m. May 13, with the School of Law graduation ceremony, according to an MU news release.

There will be 17 ceremonies and an online commencement during the weekend, one for each college and school. Many invited notable speakers to address the graduates:

  • Tracy Stearns, principal with 360 Architecture in Kansas City, will speak to the College of Human Environmental Sciences at 3:30 p.m. May 11 at Mizzou Arena.

  • Euclid Williamson, executive director of Target Hope, and acclaimed journalist and author Ron Powers will speak for the Honors Ceremony at 8:30 a.m. May 12 at the Francis Quadrangle.

  • U.S. Rep. Samuel B. Graves from Missouri's 6th District will speak to 

    the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at 4:30 p.m. May 12 in Hearnes Center.

  • Cindy Brinkley, vice president of global human resources at General Motors, has been invited by the School of Journalism to speak at 6 p.m. May 12 at Mizzou Arena.

For more information on the 2012 Spring Commencement, go to MU's commencement website.

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.

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