MU, Stephens College and Columbia College to hold December commencement ceremonies

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 | 4:50 p.m. CST; updated 9:16 p.m. CST, Thursday, December 13, 2012
Chairs sit on the floor of Hearnes Center on Thursday afternoon before the start of December graduation ceremonies. Graduation ceremonies at Hearnes Center start with the College of Arts and Sciences at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

COLUMBIA — MU will award 2,352 degrees at its December commencement ceremonies this weekend. Out of those degrees, 1,703  are bachelor's; 481 are master's; 155 are doctorates; nine are education specialists; and four are law.

The ceremonies begin at 1 p.m. Friday with the Sinclair School of Nursing ceremony and end at 10 a.m. Sunday with the ROTC commissioning of officers.

Ceremonies are scheduled to be held in either Jesse Auditorium in Jesse Hall, Hearnes Center or Stotler Lounge in Memorial Union.

There will also be an online commencement ceremony for the 305 students graduating with degrees earned online. The ceremony can be viewed on a website made to honor these graduates.

In addition, 203 students will graduate from the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; 584 from the College of Arts and Science; 231 from the Trulaske College of Business; 51 from the College of Education; 160 from the College of Engineering; 113 from the College of Human Environmental Sciences; 119 from the School of Health Professions; 91 from the School of Journalism; 53 from the School of Natural Resources; 74 from the Sinclair School of Nursing; 24 from the School of Social Work; 645 from the Graduate School; and 266 from the Honors College.

Columbia College will award degrees to 326 graduates at its commencement ceremonies Saturday. Two ceremonies, at noon and 3:30 p.m., will be held in the Southwell Complex Gymnasium.

Of the 326 students graduating, 74 will receive associate's degrees, 225 will receive bachelor's degrees, and 27 will receive master's degrees.

Stephens College's commencement ceremony will award 69 students with degrees. Of those, 26 will be bachelor's degrees and 43 will be master's degrees.

The college's ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. Friday in the Kimball Ballroom in Lela Raney Wood Hall. The keynote speaker will be Deborah Patterson, vice president of global contributions and employee engagement at Monsanto.

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.

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