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MU students, families celebrate graduation at Hearnes Center

By GH Lindsey, Zach Strader
May 19, 2013 | 6:04 p.m. CDT
Graduates gather to leave the Hearnes Center following the College of Business commencement on Friday.

COLUMBIA — New graduates and their families and friends flooded MU throughout the weekend for spring commencement ceremonies.

In total, MU awarded 5,902 degrees this spring.

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At the Hearnes Center on Friday evening, the Trulaske College of Business and the College of Engineering held back-to-back commencement ceremonies.

At the business school’s ceremony, attendees heard speeches from alumnus Leslie Flegel, the owner of Flegel Family Enterprises, and Christopher Cary, a graduating senior selected to speak for his fellow graduates.

After the tassels were turned and the diploma covers were in hand, families and friends of graduates mingled outside the center and snapped photos, capturing the moment and celebrating their new accomplishment

“It’s so cool to graduate,” electrical engineering graduate Jing Siang Wang said. “We study four years here and pass a lot of hard classes. There’s a lot of happiness right now.”

Other graduates were reveling in their newfound, if short-lived, freedom. Many of the new alumni had found new jobs or were moving on to graduate school.

“I feel free,” biological engineering graduate Megan Jean Kovarik said. “Even if I am starting grad school in a week.”

MU’s graduations continued through the weekend, concluding with the College of Human Environmental Sciences ceremony Sunday afternoon in Mizzou Arena.