Mizzou Engineering celebrates graduates at December Commencement

December 18, 2023

Graduates at Commencement

More than 200 students graduated from Mizzou Engineering this past weekend. Interim Dean Praveen Edara joined Curator Robin Wenneker to confer degrees at the Saturday, Dec. 16, Commencement ceremony at the Hearnes Center.

During his remarks, Edara encouraged students to stay curious and humble as they now have the experience and skills they need to succeed.

“All engineers have foundational technical skills,” he said. “We know the formulas. The algorithms. The codes. The fundamental principles that govern our world…So what makes a Mizzou Made Engineer different? Why do so many Mizzou Engineering graduates go on to become CEOs, presidents, directors and leaders in their fields? Because at Mizzou, you’ve learned respect and responsibility along with excellence and discovery.”

Edara encouraged students to stay grounded as their careers take off and especially when they soar. He reminded them to be grateful for the opportunities they’ve had at Mizzou Engineering and praised them for taking advantage of extracurricular activities, student organizations and research.

“Don’t lose that sense of wonder,” Edara said. “Keep racing. Keep building. Keep discovering. Stay humble. And stay curious.”

Additional Honors

During Commencement, Mizzou Engineering also recognized newly commissioned Air Force and Navy officers from the Reserved Officer Training Corps (ROTC). They are:

  • Leandra Herman, mechanical engineering, Air Force Second Lieutenant
  • Nicholas Rushing, mechanical engineering, Marine Corps Second Lieutenant
  • Emily Bockenstedt, civil engineering, Navy Ensign
  • Joshua Caszatt, mechanical engineering, Navy Ensign

Faculty and Staff Awards

Prior to Commencement, seniors are given the opportunity to vote for outstanding faculty and staff. This fall, the following were recognized:

  • Biomedical and Biological Engineering Assistant Professor Ilker Ozden
  • Chemical Engineering Director of Undergraduate Studies Mary Myers
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Carlos Sun
  • Computer Science Professor Prasad Calyam
  • Electrical Engineering Associate Professional Practice Professor James Fischer
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering Director of Graduate Studies Sharan Srinivas
  • Information Technology Assistant Professional Practice Professor Kristofferson Culmer
  • Information Technology Associate Professional Practice Professor Gillian Maurer
  • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Director of Undergraduate Studies Craig Kluever
  • Sr. Communications Coordinator Mary Dillon
  • Academic Advisor Justin Rich

Read more about graduates here.

Read an Honors College Spotlight on graduate Felix Wang here.
Read a Mizzou Diversity Graduate Spotlight on Sergio Pico-Vazquez here.