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Class of 2015 celebrates commencement in style

Angela Pearson, a soon-to-be Journalism and Political Science graduate, poses for grad photos with her friend on the Quad.

Angela Pearson, a journalism and political science graduate, poses for photos with her friend on the Quad. Photo by Tanzi Propst.

More than 5,570 Tigers earned degrees during May commencement exercises at the University of Missouri. Mizzou awarded 6,185 degrees (with some students earning more than one), including 4,413 bachelor’s degrees, 1,068 master’s degrees, 334 doctorates, 123 law degrees, 114 veterinary medicine degrees, 99 medicine degrees and 34 education-specialist degrees. More than 350 students from 32 states and three countries graduated from Mizzou Online. Susan Golden, PhD ’83, a leading expert in bacterial genetics and circadian rhythm, earned an honorary degree.

Standard Missouri weather — a mix of rain, sun, clouds, warm temperatures and chilly winds, occurring at random intervals — greeted graduates and guests as they moved among campus icons (Francis Quadrangle, Tiger Plaza, Traditions Plaza) and commencement venues (Mizzou Arena, Jesse Auditorium, Hearnes Center).

Graduates wore new Mizzou-theme gowns, and Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin tried out a new bowtie, in official Mizzou paisley, under his regalia.

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The Columns.

The Columns are reflected by the case containing the cornerstone to Academic Hall, which is located inside Jesse rotunda. 2015 MU journalism graduate Angela Pearson, from Kansas City, Missouri, poses for pictures outside. Photo by Nicholas Benner.

Dana Kaempfe, a newgraduate of the Missouri School of Health Professions, celebrates the occasion with a bundle of balloons and her parents.

Dana Kaempfe, a new graduate of the Missouri School of Health Professions, celebrates the occasion with a bundle of balloons and her parents. Photo by Tanzi Propst.

Graduation. Hearnes Center. CAFNR.

Megan Kaldenberg shows off her Mizzou style at the CAFNR commencement ceremony in the Hearnes Center. Photo by Shane Epping.

Haziq Aziz with a flag.

Haziq Aziz celebrates his final semester at Mizzou on the Quad with an American flag. Aziz is from Malaysia and has been studying political science as part of the global UGRAD program. Photo by Tanzi Propst.

Caroline Bequette and Michelle Sterkowicz, both hospitality management majors, jump for joy.

Caroline Bequette and Michelle Sterkowicz, both hospitality management majors, jump for joy. Photo by Shane Epping.

Kendra Earl in regalia with a cow.

Kendra Earl, a new graduate in animal sciences, poses with her Holstein study buddy. Photo by Bryce Cullen.

Girls in robes on the wall.

Graduates Sara Barba, Kathy McCormack, Christine Brown, Abigail Wheeler, Abby Young, Christyl Thurman, Anna Nicholson and Meghan Morin pose on the Eighth Street Circle Garden wall.

Bronze tiger in a graduation cap.

The bronze tiger at Tiger Plaza is ready for commencement weekend. Photo by Nicholas Benner.

Sarah Church

Sarah Church, a 2015 MU Veterinary Medicine graduate from Cincinnati, Ohio, waits in the stairwell of Jesse Auditorium for her commencement ceremony to begin. Photo by Nicholas Benner.

Ashley Smith, a hospitality management major, poses for a portrait before walking in commencement ceremonies at the Hearnes Center.

Ashley Smith, a hospitality management major, poses for a portrait before walking in commencement ceremonies at the Hearnes Center. Photo by Shane Epping.

Large group in robes.

From left to right: Kara Herwig, Heather Halter, Jake Wascisn, Rosalind Pliszka and Kristine Hellige pose for a photo together just before the rain starts to pour. The new graduates all studied nuclear medicine together. Photo by Tanzi Propst.

Rachel Bardot, an animal sciences major, takes a picture of her friends and prepares to bring home the bacon after graduation. Photo by Shane Epping.

Rachel Bardot, an animal sciences major, takes a picture of her friends and prepares to bring home the bacon after graduation. Photo by Shane Epping.

Susan Golden, PhD ’83, now a leading expert in bacterial genetics and circadian rhythm, will recieve an honorary degree from MU at the 2015 honors convocation.

Susan Golden, PhD ’83, now a leading expert in bacterial genetics and circadian rhythm, receives a standing ovation after her talk at a commencement-weekend luncheon. Golden received an honorary degree from MU at the 2015 honors convocation. Photo by Nicholas Benner.

Clarence Green, a linebacker for the football team, shows off his student athlete regalia.

Clarence Green, a linebacker for the football team, shows off his student athlete regalia. Photo by Shane Epping.

Three College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) to-be graduates show off their caps.

Three College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) graduates show off their caps. Photo by Shane Epping.

Graduation. Hearnes Center. CAFNR.

New graduates and guests fill the Hearnes Center for commencement ceremonies. Photo by Shane Epping.

Student reaching for diploma.

Mizzou School of Natural Resources students cross the stage to receive their diplomas from Associate Teaching Professor David Vaught. Photo by Nicholas Benner.

Richard Glenn in a cap and gown.

“I made it!” screamed Richard Glenn, a 2015 respiratory-therapy graduate from St. Louis. Photo by Nicholas Benner.

Kenny Bassett taking photos

Mizzou Campus Facilities employee Kenny Bassett volunteers during his lunch break to photograph Mizzou’s class of 2015 with friends and family on Tiger Plaza. Photo by Nicholas Benner.

naval-rotc

During commencement events, the Naval ROTC holds a commissioning ceremony at Memorial Union. Photo by Ryan Gavin.

Four College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources to-be graduates pose for a portrait.

Four College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources graduates pose for a portrait. Photo by Shane Epping.

Chancellor Loftin and student.

MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin greets class of 2015 graduates as they cross the stage during the School of Natural Resources commencement ceremony in Jesse Hall. Photo by Nicholas Benner.

Maureen Tanner, a biochemistry major, shows off her solution to success mortarboard.

Maureen Tanner, a biochemistry major, shows off her solution-to-success mortarboard. Photo by Shane Epping.

 Before receiving their diplomas and becoming Mizzou alumni, School of Natural Resources students turn and wave to friends and family who have supported them while earning their degrees. Photo by Tanzi Propst.

Before receiving their diplomas and becoming Mizzou alumni, School of Natural Resources students turn and wave to friends and family who have supported them while earning their degrees. Photo by Nicholas Benner.

Madison Stegeman, a Missouri School of Journalism graduate, poses with a home-made sign on the Quad.

Madison Stegeman, a School of Journalism graduate, poses with a homemade sign on the Quad. Photo by Tanzi Propst.

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