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Missouri State University conferred 1,460 degrees during the fall commencement ceremonies Dec. 17 at JQH Arena.
Local students who earned degrees include, from Ava: Emily R. Bilyeu (Bachelor of Science), Suzanne E. Cooney (Bachelor of Science in Nursing), Brian L. Ross (Bachelor of Science), Jam Walker-Davidson (Master of Science in Education).
From Vanzant: Josiah D. Wheat (Bachelor of Science), Sherry K. Wheat (Master of Science in Education), Brock G. Yates (Bachelor of Science).
A total of 1,011 bachelor’s degrees, 444 master’s degrees and five specialist degrees were conferred.
Beyond the standard expectations, 43 students were recognized for their work with a more rigorous curriculum in Missouri State’s Honors College.
Scholastic honors were given to 34 students who graduated summa cum laude (with a grade point average of 3.9-4.0 on a 4.0 scale), 54 who graduated magna cum laude (with a GPA of 3.75-3.89) and 120 who graduated cum laude (with a GPA of 3.5-3.74).