COLUMBIA — MU is conferring 2,352 degrees this weekend in graduation ceremonies for a dozen schools and colleges.
Among the degrees are 1,703 bachelor's degrees, 481 master's degrees, 155 doctoral degrees, four law degrees and nine education specialist degrees.
Four commencements took place Friday: The Sinclair School of Nursing, the Trulaske College of Business, the School of Journalism and the College of Engineering.
Saturday ceremonies begin with the Honors College at 8:30 a.m. in Jesse Auditorium, followed by the School of Natural Resources at 11:30 a.m.; School of Health Professions at 2 p.m.; and both the College of Human Environmental Sciences and the School of Social Work at 5 p.m.
Three ceremonies will be held in the Hearnes Center on Saturday: College of Arts and Science at 12:30 p.m.; College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at 3:30 p.m.; and the Graduate School at 6:30 p.m.
Honorary degrees will be presented this weekend to actor Hal Holbrook, known for his Mark Twain roles; nonfiction writer Peter Hessler; and architect Antoine Predock.
Sinclair School of Nursing
Seventy-eight students from MU’s Sinclair School of Nursing graduated on Friday afternoon. They joined more than 6,000 nurses who have graduated from MU’s nursing school in the past.
Judith Fitzgerald Miller, dean of the nursing school, presided over the ceremonies. She spoke to the graduates about the importance of always living fully, especially in their professional lives.
“Avoid the safety of sitting on the sidelines, and join the dance,” Miller said.
The family and friends who filled Jesse Hall were enthusiastic – equipped with cowbells and even a vuvuzela.
Graduate Caitlin Stumpe said her biggest lesson was time management.
“That’s something I acquired very quickly,” she said. “I didn’t have a choice.”
School of Journalism
Commencement ceremonies for 129 Missouri School of Journalism graduates began with a moment of silence for the victims of Friday's shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut.
Professor emeritus and former associate dean, Brian Brooks, fittingly gave this advice to graduates: "Learn from history, because he who ignores history is doomed to repeat it."
The list of journalism graduates in Jesse Auditorium Friday afternoon included 97 who received bachelor's degrees, 27 master's candidates and 97 doctoral candidates.
Brooks referred to Walter Williams, founder and first dean of the Journalism School, and others when he drew a lesson about imperfection and greatness.
Although these notable figures in journalism were flawed human beings, he said, they were willing to stand up for what they believed in. Everyone makes mistakes, Brooks said, but everyone can also make a difference.
Stacy Ike, the student graduation speaker and a broadcast student, offered a similar sentiment.
"Although fear of the unknown is everpresent, now is the time for us," she said. "We say we want to change the world, and right now, standing here, it seems possible."
Colleen Archibald, a photojournalism student who transferred to MU two years ago, agreed, saying graduation means moving on to bigger and better things.
"This means growing up, and it means a solid future in the journalism industry," she said.
Taylor Bell, a strategic communication student, also spoke about growing up.
"This is the culmination of the past 16 years of education and symbolic of all of the hard work I've put in," Bell said.
Brooks said graduates might forget his name in 10 years, but if they heed this advice, they will be rewarded.
"There are seven simple words that are the key to success in your profession and in life," Brooks said.
"Learn from history, work hard, be honest."