COLUMBIA – Mizzou Alumni Association president Dudley McCarter said he didn't recall anything about his MU Law graduation 40 years ago. He said he wanted to make Saturday's Honors College Convocation more memorable.

McCarter gave the 276 Honors College graduates three guidelines for life: make the most of yourself, develop confidence and show compassion.

"There are few earthly things more splendid than this university," McCarter said. "The University of Missouri, the place we call home."

MU awarded its annual honorary degree during the ceremony. Former Mayor Darwin Hindman received a Doctor of Laws diploma in recognition of his years of service in Missouri.

Hindman received MU degrees in political science and law in 1955 and 1961 respectively. As a young attorney starting his own firm, Hindman asked questions to competing lawyers and later shared what he learned with anyone who asked.

"You must learn to seek, evaluate and appreciate, as well as give, good advice," Hindman said.

Past honorary degree recipients have included singer Sheryl Crow, psychologist B.F. Skinner, former presidents Harry S Truman and Herbert Hoover and broadcaster Walter Cronkite.

Hindman has been recognized with other MU honors including a Mizzou Alumni Association Faculty-Alumni Award, a College of Arts and Science Distinguished Alumni Award and induction into the Order of the Coif, law honor society, at the annual Law Day Awards Ceremony at the School of Law.

He served five terms as mayor of Columbia from 1995 to 2010. During this time, he secured a $22 million federal grant to promote cycling and walking in the city. Hindman also established a number of community physical activity programs, oversaw the reconstruction of Stephens Lake Park and was instrumental in creating the Katy Trail State Park.

Hindman is a chairman for a foundation dedicated to extending the Katy Trail to Kansas City. He also serves as a liaison for the Missouri Municipal League to the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Health, and is a member of the Environmental Improvement and Energy Resources Authority and president of the Missouri Rail Trails Foundation.

"You must strive to continually learn and improve," Hindman said.

Supervising editor is Claire Boston.

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