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1,932 Graduate Degrees Earned in Spring/Summer

May 15, 2017

People offering a standing ovation to hooded graduates who are seated in middle of auditorium, Also shown are people standing and clapping in the balcony

The Office of Graduate Studies announced that 1,375 master’s degrees, 33 education specialist degrees and 524 doctoral degrees will be awarded to spring and summer graduates in 2017. 

Commencement is the traditional ceremony when those degrees are officially conferred.

In May, two ceremonies are held for advanced degree holders: one for Master's and Educational Specialists, and the other for candidates of the doctoral degree.

The Master's and Ed Specialist Commencement took place on May 14 in the Mizzou Arena. UM Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Graduate Education Leona Rubin served as the Master of Ceremony. Rubin is also the Associate Vice Chancellor for Gradaute Studies. Master of Music Candidate, Steven Groth, performed the National Anthem.  

Leading the procession of degree candidates was Master’s Marshal Rebecca Vechi from the Master of Business Administration program. Hart shared that "Rebecca’s nominators call her a thoughtful, engaging, advocate for student learning who is committed to finding outside-the-classroom experiences for students; she elicits a unique sense of calm that fosters cooperation and enthusiasm." 

Members of the platform party included the Chairman of the UM Board of Curators, Maurice Graham; President of the University of Missouri System, Mun Choi; Interim Vice Chancellor for Research, Graduate Studies and Economic Development Mark McIntosh; Assistant Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs Jeni Hart; Interim Vice Chancellor, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity, Kevin McDonald; Vice Chancellor, Extension and Engagement, Marshall Stewart; Interim Vice Provost, International Programs, James Scott along with 18 Deans and Directors. Drs. Milbre Burch and Brian Houston served as readers.

Curator Graham, who conferred the degrees, encouraging the graduates to "Treasure this foundation and build wisely. Use your knowledge and your passion for learning to not only realize your potential, but to improve the world that we all share."

Leona Rubin, Maurice Graham, Mun Choi, Bart Wechsler and Kathryn Chval in graduation regalia.

The Doctoral Hooding Ceremony took place on May 15 in Jesse Hall Auditorium. Presiding over the ceremony was Associate Vice Chancellor for Graduate Studies Leona Rubin. Steve Groth was the vocalist.

Joining Rubin on the platform party were McIntosh, Hart, Scott and Steward; President of the Graduate Faculty Senate Anthony Lupo and 15 deans and directors. Dr. David Crespy served as the reader.

Leading the procession of degree candidates was Doctoral Marshal Pamela Adkins, who was hooded by her faculty advisor, Dr. John Middleton. According to Rubin, Adkins was selected "based on her commitment to excellence both inside and outside the classroom and laboratory. She has shown outstanding leadership, volunteerism, and mentorship while a student at MU." 

McIntosh conferred the doctoral degrees followed by each degree candidate walking across the stage to be "hooded" by a dissertation adviser. The hooding tradition acknowledges the close association between adviser and student that is essential to doctoral education and research. 

Rubin encouraged the crowd to "clap and cheer to let these graduates know how proud you are of their accomplishment. They deserve our highest praise." Family members and friends responded with a standing ovation for the graduates.

Both ceremonies were streamed via LiveStream so that family and friends who could not travel could watch the event. Find photos on Facebook.

Distance students who earned their degrees online elect to attend one of the campus ceremonies and are recognized on a special site that features an interactive guest book and video remarks.