Graduations wrap up at MU with law school, human environmental sciences ceremonies

Sunday, May 19, 2013 | 6:08 p.m. CDT; updated 7:02 p.m. CDT, Sunday, May 19, 2013
Graduates of the MU School of Law accepted hoods at their graduation ceremony on Sunday.

COLUMBIA — Another year of spring commencement ceremonies came to a close at MU on Sunday.

MU's final two graduation ceremonies took place Sunday afternoon, wrapping up a weekend of 18 commencements and ceremonies. In all, MU awarded 5,902 degrees over the weekend.

School of Law

Britta Wright sat in the balcony of Jesse Auditorium and beamed as her friend Mihaela Britt received her purple hood and crossed the stage.

“This is the culmination of all her hard work,” Wright said of the new graduate, who worked full time and raised a young son while working to complete her law degree.

Britt was one of the 126 graduates of MU’s School of Law to walk in the school’s hooding ceremony. Each graduate was presented with new academic hoods, purple on the outside, representing the study of law, and black and gold on the inside, representing their new alma mater.

Before the hooding, graduates and their families heard from Judge Duane Benton of the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in Kansas City. Benton, a graduate of Yale Law School and former adjunct professor at the MU School of Law, exhorted graduates to improve the standing of the profession of law through ethical conduct and service to the public.

“This school has given you the tools, now go out and make the world a better place,” he said.

College of Human Environmental Sciences

As the strains of “Pomp and Circumstance” reverberated throughout Mizzou Arena, Nick Arnold led the procession of his fellow graduates around the arena floor and into their seats.

Arnold, a nutrition and fitness graduate, was chosen to lead the 199 undergraduates of the College of Human Environmental Sciences into their commencement ceremony because of his academic accomplishments. Arnold graduated summa cum laude with an honors certificate.

The graduates and their families then heard brief speeches from the college’s dean Stephen Jorgensen and Alumni Association President Suzanne Rothwell. Both speakers emphasized that graduates should look to the future with excitement.

“There are no real endings in life, just new beginnings,” Jorgensen said.

Some excited parents crowded around the stage to snap photos as their graduates came down from the stage, while others watched from the stands.

“We’re very proud of her,” Mike Kemp said of his daughter Angela, an interior design graduate. “It’s a field she’s been interested in since the start of high school.”

Rothwell also emphasized the special bond MU graduates have with their campus

“Never forget your time on this campus because we won’t forget you,” Rothwell said.

Supervising editor is Zach Murdock.

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