Faces of spring 2023

From educators to term law clerks — meet 13 students who will graduate from Mizzou this week.

composite of 13 student headshots
Top row: Christyl Barnes, Ashley Barth, Nate Brown, Ogheneobarome “Obaro” Emeje, Kristen Galler, Kathryn Gluesenkamp and Tyler Hagan
Bottom row: Katie Jennings, Evan Miller, Abdoulie Njai, Ellen Phillips, Sean Rodriguez and Aidan Wirrick

Commencement week is here, and we're ready to celebrate! The University of Missouri will soon award 6,019 students with more than 6,650 degrees at spring commencement ceremonies. In all, students from the graduating class hail from 50 states and 47 countries.

Click the names below to meet 13 soon-to-be grads and learn how Mizzou has impacted them — and where they’re headed next.

Christyl Barnes

Hometown: Chicago
Major: Nursing leadership

Ashley Barth

Hometown: Rolla, Missouri
Major: Elementary education

Nate Brown

Hometown: Columbia
Major: Journalism

Ogheneobarome “Obaro” Emeje

Hometown: St. Louis
Major: Biomedical engineering

Kristen Galler

Hometown: Arnold, Missouri
Major: Education

Kathryn Gluesenkamp

Hometown: Wildwood, Missouri
Major: Economics and public health

Tyler Hagan

Hometown: Chesterfield, Missouri
Major: Business administration

Katie Jennings

Hometown: Oak Grove, Missouri
Major: Health science

Evan Miller

Hometown: Rupert, Idaho
Major: Law

Abdoulie Njai

Hometown: Wichita, Kansas
Major: Medicine

Ellen Phillips

Hometown: Mexico, Missouri
Major: Agriculture

Sean Rodriguez

Hometown: Fontana, California
Major: Veterinary Medicine

Aidan Wirrick

Hometown: Ballwin, Missouri
Major: Chemistry, biological sciences and psychological sciences

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