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Nearly 1,500 Students Eligible to Graduate from UCM May 9-10

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (May 5, 2014) – The University of Central Missouri will honor its 2014 spring graduates while also presenting five special awards Friday and Saturday, May 9-10 during the 143rd Commencement Exercises. Some 1,497 undergraduate and graduate students have met degree qualifications and are eligible to participate in spring commencement ceremonies in the Multipurpose Building arena.

Commencement activities begin with a reception for graduate students from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Friday in the Elliott Student Union, followed by the Graduate Commencement Ceremony at 7 p.m. in the Multipurpose Building. Graduation exercises continue Saturday with ceremonies at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. During the morning ceremony, degrees will be conferred upon graduates of the Adrian and Margaret Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies and the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. The afternoon event is for graduates of the College of Education and the College of Health, Science, and Technology. All ceremonies are open to the public.

Other special activities Saturday include the Department of Nursing Pinning Ceremony at 11 a.m. in Hendricks Hall, as well as a joint reception for the Department of Nursing and The Honors College and their guests from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Sandra Temple Elliott Ballroom of the Elliott Student Union. Also on Saturday, the U.S. Army ROTC Commissioning ceremonies begin at 4:30 p.m. in Hendricks Hall, followed by a reception in Elliott Student Union 237A/B.

UCM President Charles Ambrose will serve as the commencement speaker for both undergraduate ceremonies. Adam Michael Blood, candidate for the Master of Arts in Mass Communication degree, will speak during the graduate ceremony.

The university on Saturday will make special award presentations recognizing St. Louis Fire Department Captain Gregg Favre as the Outstanding Recent Alumnus, and Team Physicians at Central Family Medicine in Warrensburg, Drs. Douglas Anderson, Curtis Dyer, David Glover and Brent Hoke, as recipients of the Distinguished Service Award for their support of UCM’s athletic teams. UCM student Jon Ericksen, who is a member of the Missouri Army National Guard 1-135th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, will receive the Mike Carter Award for Exceptional Service to the University, Community, and Military. Favre and the Team Physicians at Central Family Medicine will be honored during the Saturday morning ceremony, while Ericksen will be recognized at both the morning and afternoon graduation exercises.

Other special awards presented each spring include the Byler Distinguished Faculty Award, which honors the top faculty member, James Staab, professor of political science, and the Charno Award recognizing the top male and female citizens of the senior class. Charno Award winners are Christina Parle, a student from Belton who is graduating with a double major in criminal justice and political science, and Chase Neill, a student from Lawrence, Kan., who is graduating with a general studies degree. The Byler and Charno awards will be presented during both ceremonies on Saturday.