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UPDATE: Square co-founder, Bloomberg News reporter among MU commencement speakers

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 | 12:52 p.m. CDT; updated 10:25 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, May 13, 2014

COLUMBIA — A Bloomberg News reporter and the co-founder of the mobile payment company Square are among the scheduled speakers at MU's spring commencement this weekend.

Angela Greiling Keane, a Bloomberg News White House correspondent and an MU alumna, will speak at the School of Journalism ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mizzou Arena.

Jim McKelvey of Square, a system that makes it possible to accept credit cards on iPhones, will speak at the Honors College ceremony the next morning. The ceremony, at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Mizzou Arena, will also feature Jim Held, the founder of Stone Hill Winery in Hermann, who will  speak and will receive an honorary degree from MU.

This weekend's commencement, which starts Friday and runs through Sunday, will honor more than 5,300 graduates who are receiving 5,452 degrees. According to a news release from the MU News Bureau, more than 270 of those graduates are receiving their degrees after completing online degree programs.

Other notable speakers at this year's commencement ceremonies include:

  • Don Walsworth, CEO of Walsworth Publishing, at the Trulaske College of Business ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hearnes Center.

  • Tim Wolfe, University of Missouri System president and MU alumnus, at the College of Arts and Science ceremony at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Hearnes Center.

  • U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler of the 4th Congressional District at the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources ceremony at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Hearnes Center.

More information about MU's spring commencement, including a full list of ceremony times, locations and speakers, is available on MU's website.

Supervising editor is Allie Hinga.


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