THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: Snowfall, commencement ceremonies and a cat show

Sunday, December 15, 2013 | 5:15 p.m. CST; updated 7:10 a.m. CST, Monday, December 16, 2013

COLUMBIA — This week, Missourian photographers took photos of cats at the Tiger's Lair Feline Fanciers "Catch the Spirit" CFA Cat Show, MU graduation ceremonies and families marking the occasion and the first significant snowfall to blanket Columbia.

In this photo by Kevin Cook, Shelly Frank holds her 1-year-old Birman, Journeybound, at the Tiger's Lair Feline Fanciers "Catch the Spirit" CFA Cat Show on Saturday at the Plaza Event Center in Columbia. The Birman, known as the sacred cat of Burma, is a domestic breed.

MU journalism faculty members try to keep dry as they walk from Neff Hall to Jesse Hall on Friday for the December commencement ceremony in this photo by Joshua Boucher. Afternoon rains turned into snow Friday evening. MU commencements set for Friday and Saturday remained on schedule.

Joshua Boucher captured this picture of Carol Long, left, Laura Wright and Clell Wright posing for a portrait after the School of Journalism commencement ceremony Friday outside of Jesse Hall.

MU Campus Facilities employees began snow-clearing operations around 5 a.m. Saturday, employee Mike Duncan told photographer Greg Kendall-Ball. Duncan said normally such a light snow wouldn't warrant so much effort, but with thousands of guests expected on campus for MU commencement ceremonies, staff wanted to be sure roads and sidewalks were clear.

Photographer Greg Kendall-Ball captured this picture of Mike Duncan of MU Campus Facilities shoveling snow off steps in front of a building on Lowry Mall early Saturday. Workers began clearing snow from roads and sidewalks around 5 a.m., Duncan said, in anticipation of crowds expected for commencement ceremonies throughout the day.

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