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Missouri State to award 1,379 degrees during fall commencement

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Master's students file in to JQH ArenaMissouri State University will confer 1,379 degrees to students at its 2013 fall commencement. The afternoon ceremony will begin at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 13, followed by the evening ceremony at 4 p.m. at JQH Arena and will feature addresses from General Karen E. Dyson in the afternoon and Dr. Arthur Mallory, Missouri State Bronze Bear recipient, in the evening. All ceremonies will be streamed live.

The Missouri State commencement hub features student stories, social media posts, photos and other multimedia experiences that will updated prior to and during commencement.

About the graduates

A total of 978 bachelor’s degrees, 396 master’s degrees, four specialist degrees and one doctorate degree 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 27 students who will graduate summa cum laude (with a grade point average of 3.9-4.0 on a 4.0 scale), 59 who will graduate magna cum laude (with a GPA of 3.75-3.89) and 103 who will graduate cum laude (with a GPA of 3.5-3.74).

About the ceremonies

Graduates from the colleges of Arts and Letters, Health and Human Services, Humanities and Public Affairs, Natural and Applied Sciences, William H. Darr School of Agriculture and Global Studies will graduate during the 12:30 p.m. ceremony, featuring Major General Karen E. Dyson. Major Dyson serves as the director of Army budget, with responsibility for formulating, submitting to Congress, and executing the Army’s current and planned budgets. Additionally, she earned her bachelor of business administration from Missouri State University.

Former Missouri State President Arthur Mallory will receive the 2013 Bronze Bear Award at the 4 p.m. ceremony for graduates from the colleges of Business and Education. He is the 15th recipient of the award, which is presented to those who have exhibited “extraordinary achievement and/or outstanding support” for Missouri State. Mallory became the fifth president of MSU in 1964 and served until 1971. He was the youngest president in university history, beginning his tenure at age 31. Mallory currently serves as a director at Parents as Teachers National Center, Inc.

In addition to the commencement ceremonies at JQH Arena, the MSU Military Science Army ROTC will commission graduating student cadets as 2nd Lieutenant Officers at 9:30 a.m. in the Kentwood Hall Crystal Room.


About Missouri State University
Missouri State University is a public, comprehensive university system with a mission in public affairs, whose purpose is to develop educated persons while guided by three overarching and enduring commitments to student learning, inclusive excellence and institutional impact. The university’s identity is distinguished by its statewide mission in public affairs, which entails a campus-wide commitment to foster competence and responsibility in ethical leadership, cultural competence and community engagement.

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Fall Commencement
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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