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Missouri State to award 2,404 degrees during spring commencement

Defense and strategic studies program to award 17 degrees
Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Commencement ceremony at JQH ArenaMissouri State University will confer 2,404 degrees during its spring commencement ceremonies May 17 at JQH Arena. All ceremonies will be streamed live.

About the graduates

A total of 1,829 bachelor’s degrees, 528 master’s degrees, eight specialist degrees and 39 doctorate degrees will be conferred. Beyond the standard expectations, 548 students will be recognized for their work with a more rigorous curriculum in Missouri State’s Honors College. Scholastic honors will be given to 114 students who will graduate summa cum laude (with a grade point average of 3.9-4.0 on a 4.0 scale), 165 who will graduate magna cum laude (with a GPA of 3.75-3.89) and 269 who will graduate cum laude (with a GPA of 3.5-3.74).

Missouri State will launch a new commencement hub May 1, featuring student stories, social media posts, photos and other multimedia experiences that will be updated prior to and during commencement.

About the ceremonies

Graduates from the William H. Darr School of Agriculture and the colleges of Health and Human Services and Natural and Applied Sciences will receive their degrees at 10 a.m., with Greg Burris as the featured commencement speaker. Burris, city manager for Springfield, earned both a Bachelor of Science degree in computer information systems and a Master of Business Administration from Missouri State.

Graduates from the College of Business will receive their degrees at 1:30 p.m., with David Stoeffler as the featured commencement speaker. Stoeffler, executive editor of The Springfield News-Leader, is a member of The Rotary Club of Springfield and serves as the director for the News-Leader’s Every Child public service journalism project.

Graduates from the colleges of Arts and LettersEducation and Humanities and Public Affairs and global studies majors will receive their degrees at 5 p.m., with Dr. Donald Suggs as the featured commencement speaker. Suggs was a fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillo-facial Surgeons and maintained a limited private practice in his specialty before retiring in 2011. Suggs is the publisher and executive editor of the St. Louis American Newspaper, Missouri’s largest weekly newspaper which focuses on the African-American community.

In addition to the commencement ceremony at JQH Arena, 17 graduates of the defense and strategic studies (DSS) program will be honored at Missouri State’s DSS facility in Fairfax, Va., just outside of Washington, DC. The commencement ceremony will take place at 9:30 a.m. EST and will feature Michael Donley as the featured commencement speaker.

Donley is the Secretary of the U.S. Air Force. He served in the United States Army from 1972–1975 where he served in the 18th Airborne Corps and 5th Special Forces Group.

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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