Faces of winter 2023

From nurses to software developers — meet eight students who will graduate from Mizzou this week.

Top row: Sophia Bianco, Brenna Donnelly, Ashley Estwin and Trent Foster
Bottom row: Orlando Guerrero, Kenzi Schultz, Evan Shearer and Nick Young

Dec. 11, 2023
Contact: Deidra Ashley, 

Commencement week is here, and we're ready to celebrate! The University of Missouri will soon award 1,780 students with more than 1,900 degrees at winter commencement ceremonies. In all, students from the graduating class hail from 43 states and 24 countries. There are also 432 online students in the December 2023 graduating class.

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

Sophia Bianco

Hometown: Dixon, Missouri
Major: Communication. Also pursuing an Honors Certificate

Brenna Donnelly

Hometown: Wichita, Kansas
Majors: Journalism (emphasis in strategic communications) and music (emphasis in voice). Also pursing an Honors Certificate and a Multicultural Studies Certificate

Ashley Estwin

Hometown: Fresno, California
Major: Master of public health

Trent Foster

Hometown: O’Fallon, Missouri
Major: Engineering (emphasis in electrical and computer engineering). Also pursuing an Honors Certificate

Orlando Guerrero

Hometown: El Dorado Springs, Missouri
Major: Business administration

Kenzi Schultz

Hometown: Cordelia, California
Major: Agriculture

Evan Shearer

Hometown: Cole Camp, Missouri
Major: Nursing  

Nick Young

Hometown: Eldon, Missouri
Major: Secondary education (emphasis in social studies)

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