MU, Stephens College, Columbia College graduations are this weekend

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CST; updated 4:54 p.m. CST, Thursday, December 12, 2013

COLUMBIA — Nearly 3,000 students will receive degrees from MU, Stephens College and Columbia College this weekend. Commencements will be held Friday and Saturday.

Columbia College

Columbia College's graduation will be held at noon Saturday at the college's Southwell Complex on 700 Rangeline St.

At the ceremony, 315 students will be awarded degrees, including 61 associate degrees, 227 bachelor's degrees and 27 master's degrees, according to Jeff Branscom, the school's public relations coordinator.

The graduation will include not only students from Columbia College's main campus in Columbia but also students from its nationwide campuses, Branscom said.

"People from as far as Arizona, Maryland and Mississippi will be attending the graduation here," he said.

Faye Burchard, dean of student affairs, will be the speaker at the ceremony.

In addition to the main graduation ceremony, there will also be a nurses' pinning at 10 a.m. Saturday in the college's Launer Auditorium on 1001 Roger St.

Stephens College

A total of 55 students are set to graduate at 6 p.m. Friday from Stephens College, including 35 undergraduates. The ceremony will be held at Kimball Ballroom of Lela Raney Wood Hall at 6 N. College Ave.

The keynote speaker will be Allyson Spellman, a 1993 Stephens College alumna who is the CEO of Unleash Your Voice, a women's empowerment group, said Janese Silvey, Stephens College spokeswoman.

Spellman has also been an actress, entertainment producer and casting director, Silvey said.


More than 2,300 graduates will receive degrees from MU this December. Separate ceremonies will be held for each school, spread across Friday and Saturday.

Larry McMullen, a lawyer and MU alumnus, will be awarded an honorary degree at the Honors Ceremony on Saturday morning. McMullen was named the Kansas City Personal Litigation "Lawyer of the Year" in 2009, among other honors.

Other notable speakers include Stuart Bascomb, MU alumnus and owner of the largest vision correction surgery business in the country, who will speak at the Trulaske College of Business graduation; Walter Bargen, Missouri's first Poet Laureate, who will speak at the School of Natural Resources graduation; and Phil Bradley, former Major Baseball Player and MU softball assistant coach, who will speak at the College of Human Environmental Sciences and School of Social Work graduations.

Here are the specifics on each MU school's graduation ceremony:


  • School of Nursing: 1 p.m. Jesse Auditorium. Speaker: Harold Williamson Jr., vice chancellor of the MU Health System.
  • Trulaske College of Business: 2 p.m., Hearnes Center. Speaker: Stuart Bascomb, MU alumnus and founder of QualSight Inc.
  • Missouri School of Journalism: 3:30 p.m., Jesse Auditorium. Speaker: Margaret Engel, MU alumna and director of the Alicia Patterson Journalism Foundation.
  • College of Engineering: 6 p.m., Jesse Auditorium. Speaker: Don Flora, founder and former president of Flora & Associates Inc.


  • Honors College: 8:30 a.m., Jesse Auditorium. Speaker: Larry McMullen, MU alumnus and honorary degree recipient.
  • College of Human and Environmental Sciences & School of Social Work: 11:3o a.m., Jesse Auditorium. Speaker: Phil Bradley, former Major League Baseball player and assistant baseball coach of MU softball team.
  • College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources: 12:30 p.m., Hearnes Center.
  • School of Health Professions: 2 p.m., Jesse Auditorium. Speaker: Ellis Ingram, senior associate dean for diversity and inclusion.
  • College of Arts and Science: 3:30 p.m., Hearnes Center. Speaker: Justin Walensky, MU chemistry professor.
  • School of Natural Resources: 5 p.m., Jesse Auditorium. Speaker: Walter Bargen, former Poet Laureate of Missouri.
  • Graduate School: 6:30 p.m., Hearnes Center. Speaker: MU Provost Brian Foster and MU Interim Dean of the Graduate School Leona Rubin.

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