Columbia colleges to graduate almost 2,500

MU will also confer honorary degrees to two alumni.
Wednesday, December 15, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 7:44 a.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

After Holly Brengarth graduates from MU’s Sinclair School of Nursing on Friday, she will trade in her jobs at a restaurant and a doctor’s office for one as a cancer nurse at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

“I’m looking forward to having a paycheck more than $260 a month,” said Brengarth, who will receive her bachelor’s degree in the first of several commencement ceremonies this weekend. She has been elected undergraduate class speaker and plans to talk about “differences that made our class so great.”

Almost 2,500 students are graduating this month from MU, Columbia College and Stephens College. MU will confer 1,904 degrees, and Columbia College will confer 549 degrees. At a ceremony last Sunday, Stephens College graduated 16 students.

The coming weekend will include a ceremony Saturday for students receiving departmental, divisional and Latin honors. MU Chancellor Brady Deaton will confer two honorary degrees at the Graduate School commencement.

The honorary degrees will go to 1961 MU graduate Glen Barton, former chairman and chief executive officer of Caterpillar Inc., and Thomas Scott, a 1958 graduate of MU who donated more than half a million dollars to endow the Tom and Betty Scott Program in Veterinary Oncology at MU. The gift was in recognition for care their dog received at the campus teaching hospital after being struck by a car, the MU News Bureau said.

The ROTC will commission 14 students in the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps as a second lieutenant or ensign this weekend. Seven of the Air Force graduates will go on active duty, said Sherri Lary, who works with the Navy ROTC program at MU. The rest will pursue further training.

Rear Admiral J. Stanton Thompson, who graduated from MU ROTC in the 1970s, will speak at the Saturday ceremony.

At Columbia College, the new nursing program will send off its first 26 graduates at the ceremony, also Saturday.

Navy Capt. Kathryn Hobbs will address the graduates. Hobbs, a 1978 graduate of Columbia College and the first woman assigned to command a Navy brig, is the commanding officer at Naval Station Great Lakes in Illinois.

Stephens College held its winter commencement last Sunday, said Amy Gipson, director of marketing and public relations. The college conferred 14 undergraduate and two graduate degrees at Recital Hall on the campus.

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