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Missouri State to award 1,372 degrees during fall commencement

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Missouri State University will confer 1,372 degrees during the fall commencement ceremonies Dec. 14 at JQH Arena.

Commencement ceremony at JQH ArenaGraduates from the colleges of Business and Education will receive their degrees at 12:30 p.m. Graduates from the colleges of Arts and Letters, Health and Human Services, Humanities and Public Affairs, and Natural and Applied Sciences, the William H. Darr School of Agriculture and the Global studies majors will receive their degrees at 4 p.m. All ceremonies will be streamed live.

A total of 989 bachelor’s degrees, 374 master’s degree, three specialist degrees and six doctorate degrees will be conferred. Beyond the standard expectations, 42 students will be recognized for their work with a more rigorous curriculum in Missouri State’s Honors College. Scholastic honors will be given to 31 students who will graduate summa cum laude (with a grade point average of 3.9-4.0 on a 4.0 scale), 56 who will graduate magna cum laude (with a GPA of 3.75-3.89) and 119 who will graduate cum laude (with a GPA of 3.5-3.74).

Vijay Pillai will speak at the 12:30 p.m. commencement ceremony. Pillai, a 1991 Missouri State graduate, is director of product strategy at Oracle Corporation’s Health Sciences Global Business Unit. He leads a network focused on fostering a connection between healthcare institutions and their patients to receive the most advanced clinical research available.

The Journagan family will speak at the 4 p.m. commencement ceremony. Having been involved with Missouri State for more than 20 years, the Journagans have supported the university through gifts to the William H. Darr Agriculture Center, Robert W. Plaster Sports Complex, intercollegiate athletics, KSMU and Ozarks Public Television. In 2010, the family donated their ranch, encompassing more than 3,000 acres of land, to Missouri State.

In honor of their involvement and support for the university, the family was selected as recipients of the 2012 Bronze Bear Award, which they will receive at the ceremony. The Journagans are the 14th recipients of the award, which is presented to those who have exhibited “extraordinary achievement and/or outstanding support” for Missouri State. 


This release contains information regarding commencement times, speakers and expected number of graduation candidates. A complete list of graduates will be made available after all final grades have been posted. The list of graduates will be released approximately two-three weeks after graduation, sorted by county and alphabetically.
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