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Branden Gregory hooded at MU School of Law ceremony [Photo]

MU Law graduate Branden Gregory beams as he is hooded at the University of Missouri School of Law Hooding Ceremony at Jesse Hall on Sunday, May 15. Gregory received a Juris Doctor degree.

Sadie Currey holds her diploma [Photo]

Sadie Currey stands with her parents David and Nancy Currey after receiving her diploma Sunday at Grace Bible Church. Currey is one of 11 students who graduated during the Mid-Missouri Co-op of Home Educators commencement.

Waiting for the cue to receive a diploma [Photo]

Students wait at a doorway before getting their diplomas during the Mid-Missouri Co-op of Home Educators commencement Sunday.

Home school students ready for graduation [Photo]

Soon to be graduates, from left to right, John Brooks, Timothy Russell, Turner Johnson and Jennifer Willis hang out before getting ready to walk during the Mid-Missouri Co-op of Home Educators commencement ceremony Sunday at Grace Bible Church.

A glimpse at MU graduation cap designs [Slideshow]

Each year graduates express themselves on the tops of their mortar boards. Here’s a sampling of the self-expression across 2011 MU graduations.

Louisiana residents evacuate ahead of floods [Photo]

Leah Cortez, left, and her friend Casey Provolt move Cortez's belongings out of Cortez's trailer in Krotz Springs, La., on Sunday, May 15, as they evacuate in advance of forecasted flooding brought on by the opening of the Morganza Spillway north of Butte LaRose.

Louisiana man prepares for flood [Photo]

Chandler Wheat loads sandbags onto a wagon in Butte LaRose, La., on Sunday, May 15, as he helps his brother prepare his house before evacuating. Forecasted flooding of the Mississippi River brought on by the opening of the Morganza Spillway north of Butte LaRose has led many residents to leave their homes.

Kyle Scott [Photo]

Guest columnist Kyle Scott, Ph.D., teaches political science at the University of Houston. His third book, "Federalism," has just been released.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon addresses new graduates during the MU College of Arts and Sciences ceremony [Photo]

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon addresses new graduates during the MU College of Arts and Sciences ceremony on Saturday. Nixon, who received both his undergraduate and law degrees from MU, advised students to continue learning even after they leave the university.

MU College of Arts and Sciences graduates wave to people in the audience [Photo]

Soon-to-be graduates wave to loved ones in the crowd during the MU College of Arts and Sciences commencement ceremony in Hearnes Center on Saturday.

Carl Edwards wins Nationwide race at Dover [Photo]

Carl Edward's car speeds ahead of the pack as Clint Bowyer, right, collides with Joey Logano (20) in the final laps of Saturday's Nationwide race at Dover International Speedway.

Water pours over the Morganza spillway on Saturday [Photo]

As the gate at the Morganza spillway was raised Saturday, the river poured out like a waterfall, at times spraying 6 feet into the air. Fish jumped or were hurled through the white froth and within 30 minutes, 100 acres of what was dry land was under about a foot of water.

CAFNR graduates sing "Old Missouri" [Photo]

Newly recognized graduates of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, class of 2011, stand to sing the MU alma mater, "Old Missouri," on Saturday.

Kha Ly turns back to look for his loved ones in the audience [Photo]

Kha Ly turns back to look for his loved ones in the audience as Bryan Garton, associate dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, makes closing remarks at the graduation ceremony on Saturday.

Thomas Payne hands with 2011 CAFNR graduate Wes Delaney [Photo]

Thomas Payne, vice chancellor and dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, shakes hands with 2011 CAFNR graduate Wes Delaney on Saturday.

Jessica Denker smiles while College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Dean Thomas Payne speaks at graduation [Photo]

Jessica Denker smiles while College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Dean Thomas Payne cracks a joke during his speech. CAFNR graduated 326 students on Saturday in the Hearnes Center.

Missouri softball team celebrates Ashley Fleming's home run [Photo]

Missouri softball players crowd around home plate waiting to congratulate the Tigers' Ashley Fleming after she hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning against Iowa State in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader.

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill speaks at CAFNR graduation ceremony [Photo]

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill speaks to MU College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources students at their graduation ceremony on Saturday. McCaskill encouraged students to never underestimate the power of confidence, take risks, don't be afraid of failure and to never forget your friends and family.

Missouri softball player Abby Vock vs. Iowa State [Photo]

Missouri senior first baseman Abby Vock takes the throw to put out Iowa State's Evan Folks in Saturday's doubleheader at University Field.

New Missouri men's basketball coach Frank Haith attends campus rally [Photo]

In mid-May, new Missouri men's basketball coach Frank Haith applauds during a Golden Girls performance at a rally at the MU Student Center. Attending promotional events is just one part of the work that has kept Haith busy as he settles into his new job.
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