Higher Education

MU receives $118,000 gift from State Farm Insurance

State Farm Insurance donated $118,000 to various MU programs and offices, the university announced Tuesday.

President stepping down next year at Westminster College

President George B. Forsythe will retire at the end of the 2014-15 academic year.

MU researcher gets $1.5 million grant to study Alzheimer's

The National Institutes of Health is supporting associate professor James Lee's research, which MU said could lead to treatment for Alzheimer's disease.

9 public college presidents' pay topped $1 million

MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin was the second-highest paid college president in 2013, when he was at Texas A&M. His total compensation included severance and retirement pay.

As MU graduation comes to close, emphasis is on bonds formed

Freshly minted PhDs were recognized in Jesse Auditorium on Sunday afternoon during the hooding ceremony for doctoral candidates. The final day of MU's commencement ceremonies also included the ROTC Commissioning of Officers and the ceremony for the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

Council to consider controversial student-housing project, changes to College Avenue

Columbia City Council will hold public hearings and vote on the stalled Opus Development Co. student-housing project and proposed pedestrian safety changes to College Avenue near MU.


UPDATE: MU students, families celebrate commencement ceremonies Saturday

More than 5,300 students will receive their degrees from MU this weekend. Saturday's ceremonies began with the Honors Convocation, and the College of Engineering, School of Heath Professions, School of Medicine, School of Natural Resources and the College of Arts and Science held ceremonies later in the day.

Students, families bask in accomplishments at MU commencement ceremonies

More than 5,300 students will be graduating from MU this semester, many of whom will walk in the 17 commencement ceremonies that take place through Sunday.

Veterinary school kicks off MU commencement weekend

MU will hold 17 graduation ceremonies this weekend, the first of which was the College of Veterinary Medicine's ceremony Friday.

5 fun facts about graduation traditions

Celebrated since the 12th century, commencement ceremonies are an important part of American culture.

Uncertain futures bring anxiety, excitement to MU graduates

While some step into the workforce and others continue into a master's program, graduating seniors of MU share their uncertain feelings about the future.

UPDATE: Tara Apartments decks, sealed off limits in March, will be removed

University Student Apartments staff had hoped to be able to reinforce the existing decks with new supports, but an engineering report recommended that they be removed instead.

Missouri lawmakers pass school standards measure

The Republican-led legislature has fought against the standards and argued that lawmakers should have been consulted on the decision when state education officials adopted the new benchmarks.

Traffic delays expected on U.S. 63 during MU's graduation weekend

Drivers heading north on U.S. 63 into Columbia this weekend should expect delays. MoDOT officials suggest drivers take the Grindstone exit to avoid congestion.

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

Other speakers at this weekend's commencement include Jim Held, founder of Stone Hill Winery; Don Walsworth, CEO of Walsworth Publishing; and University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe.

Mizzou Wishmakers on Campus grows in second year to grant more wishes

Now in its second year, Mizzou Wishmakers on Campus has more than 70 student members.


Columbia College, new president celebrate graduates

Columbia College held two commencement ceremonies for the 2014 class Saturday.  The college's new president, Scott Dalrymple, conferred degrees to the graduates for the first time.

Stephens graduates celebrate commencement, look forward to next stage

Undergraduates of the 2014 Stephens College class walked across the stage at Missouri Theatre to receive degrees on Saturday. Patrika Brown, one of the graduates, urged her classmates to "go out there and be bold" and to not forget their Stephens roots.

Thousands participate in Senior Sendoff, symbolic end of MU career

The Senior Sendoff begins with the Tiger Prowl, when students run through the MU Columns away from Jesse Hall to symbolize their exit into the world.

Decks at Tara Apartments closed after engineering firm's report

In a letter sent to MU's director of campus facilities, the firm said its engineers noticed that the supporting beams of the decks had "lost some of their original capacity due to age and exposure to the elements."