Commencement at Missouri State University is Friday, Dec. 14
Commencement at Missouri State University is Friday, Dec. 14
Twenty-Seven Current and Former MSU Student-Athletes to Receive Degrees Friday

Dec. 12, 2012

SPRINGFIELD -- A total of 27 current and former Missouri State University student-athletes will receive their degrees Friday (Dec. 14) during fall commencement ceremonies at JQH Arena on the Springfield campus.

Football and women's track led all programs with the most undergraduate degrees conferred this fall with four apiece.  Men's soccer, volleyball and men's swimming and diving will graduate three student-athletes. Other sports represented in the fall 2012 graduating class are baseball (2), men's soccer(2), field hockey (2), men's basketball (1), women's basketball (1), women's golf (1) and women's swimming and diving (1).

The 2012 fall graduation list includes three student-athletes graduating with master's degrees and four with academic honors. Volleyball performer MaryJo Kolze and men's basketball newcomer Ryan Carmichael have earned summa cum laude honors (3.90-4.00 GPA), while cum laude honors (3.50-3.74 GPA) were bestowed on tracksters Katelynn Geier and Kelsey McCowen.

By sport, here are the student-athletes completing their degrees in December 2012:

Graduates from the colleges of Business Administration and Education will receive their degrees at 12:30 p.m. 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 majors will receive their degrees at 4 p.m. Both ceremonies will stream live on www.MissouriState.edu/commencement, the source for all graduation information.

In all, a total of 989 bachelor’s degrees, 374 master’s degree, three specialist degrees and six doctorate degrees 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 31 students who will graduate summa cum laude (with a grade point average of 3.9-4.0 on a 4.0 scale), 56 who will graduate magna cum laude (with a GPA of 3.75-3.89) and 119 who will graduate cum laude (with a GPA of 3.5-3.74).