The former University of Missouri System president replaces another interim president at New Mexico State University while the regents continue to search for a permanent replacement.
Governor Nixon addressed the graduates at the MU School of Law Hooding Ceremony.
Ceremonies resumed at MU on Saturday with the Honors Convocation and graduations, such as the Arts and Science Commencement.
At graduation Saturday, MU senior Laura Myers received congratulations for completing her degree and finishing third in the Jeopardy! College Championship, winning $29,900.
Among those graduating Friday were members of the MU College of Veterinary Medicine and the Robert J. Trulaske Sr. College of Business.
MU senior Laura Myers can't say how well she fares in the college version of the popular game show, but, well, she's planning a trip to the World Cup in South Africa next year.
Galen Suppes, a professor of chemical engineering at MU, said he wanted legal ownership of his commercially valuable resarch. He said the school did not recognize the financial potential of his inventions. According to MU, he sought the patents without crediting the university, but a federal judge dismissed the school's lawsuit.
The House voted down a bill that included expanding a college scholarship program and raising minimum pay for teachers.
Campus Facilities starts in January to prep Francis Quadrangle for graduation. The 650 employees of Campus Facilities work to make sure the area is picture perfect for commencement.
Substituting the Student Center for Brady Commons has disappointed many MU students, who say they miss the open spaces that they used to hang out in. Lounge space is available in the new building, though it's not widely publicized.
Behind good theater is a good dramaturg, a person who helps inform the production with historical insight and advice. MU has a nationally award-winning one: doctoral student Andy Pierce.
Stephen Easton will wrap up ten years of teaching at MU and start at Wyoming on July 1.
An MU professor blames the abundance of habitat and hosts. With 4 million deer in the state, many in urban areas and the creation of back-to-nature areas, the little buggers have lots of places to live and multiply.
More than 500 students participated in Columbia College's commencement ceremony, while more than 170 were expected to walk in Stephens' ceremony.
Police have confirmed it is the body of George Zinkhan, a University of Georgia professor accused of killing his wife and two others outside a community theater. Searchers said that Zinkahn appears to have buried himself in brush and dirt.
Among the issues the faculty discussed were the potential for the requirement be better articulated to students and the need for brands other than Apple be an option.
Missouri senators backed the state's higher education budget 29-4, but some expressed concerns over plans to increase the budget for the 2010 fiscal year.
The City Council discussed options for the future of Columbia public transit on Monday night, including the possibility of having MU students pay a small fee, but no decisions were made Monday.
MU journalism senior Laura Myers was among 15 students to compete in the College Champtionship series on Jeopardy. In the first round, which aired Monday, Myers beat out students from The Ohio State University and the University of Kansas to win $10,000 and advancement to the semi-finals.
More than 650 students will graduate from Stephens College and Columbia College on Saturday, many of them with honors.