Mizzou Engineering celebrates graduates, confers more than 430 degrees at spring commencement 

May 13, 2024

More than 430 students graduated from Mizzou Engineering this past weekend. On Friday, May 10, Interim Dean Praveen Edara joined UM System President Mun Y. Choi and other college leadership to confer degrees at Mizzou Arena. 

After President Choi addressed the graduates and their families, Edara encouraged students to see themselves the way others see them, and to be the person they want others to see. 

“Make such an impact on people that they remember you for life,” he said. “Be kind. Be on time. Do the right thing. And be the engineer the public relies on… People may take for granted the engineering all around them. But everyone puts trust in these systems every day. They put trust in us, as engineers, every day. It’s a big responsibility. But that’s what you’ve learned at Mizzou.” 

Edara also reminded students tofr defer to Mizzou’s four pillars of responsibility, respect, discovery and excellence if they ever begin to doubt themselves.  

“This afternoon, I see determined, competent and prepared professionals who are ready to change the world,” Edara said. “I see Mizzou Made engineers.” 

Additional Honors 

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

  • Downing Abbot, information technology, Air Force Second Lieutenant 
  • Alexander Ties, mechanical engineering, Air Force Second Lieutenant 
  • Alexander Duello, chemical engineering, U.S. Army Second Lieutenant 
  • Jeffrey Morgan, computer science, U.S. Army Second Lieutenant 
  • Jack Miller, information technology, Navy Ensign 

Faculty and Staff Awards 

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

  • Biomedical and Biological Engineering Assistant Professor Ilker Ozden 
  • Chemical Engineering ABET Coordinator, Associate Teaching Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies Mary Myers 
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering Associate Professor Yaw Adu-Gyamfi 
  • Computer Science Associate Teaching Professor Jim Ries 
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering Assistant Teaching Professor Ekincan Ufuktepe 
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering Associate Professor Jung Hyup Kim 
  • Information Technology Associate Teaching Professor Chip Gubera 
  • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies Craig Kluever 
  • Senior Student Recruitment Events Specialist Kate Reuter 
  • Academic Advisor Robin Posey 

See the 2024 Spring Commencement program here

Read more about graduates here

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