Student in cap and gown with columns reflected in sunglasses.

Finance major Mason Oberg reflects on his time at Mizzou. Photo by Shane Epping.

Mizzou awarded 6,088 degrees to 5,484 students during sunny May 2017 commencement ceremonies. Missouri Tigers earned 4,450 bachelor’s degrees, 967 master’s degrees, 338 doctorates, 99 law degrees, 112 veterinary medicine degrees, 100 medicine degrees and 22 education specialist degrees, with some students earning multiple degrees. More than 500 students graduated from MU’s online program.The university also honored Mizzou alumna, conservationist and “mother” of the Katy Trail Pat Jones with an honorary doctorate.

Invited speakers included Mike Middleton, former interim University of Missouri System president; Carol S. Comer, director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources; Marina Walter Guevara, MU alumna and deputy director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists; and Judge Patricia Breckenridge, chief justice of the Missouri Supreme Court.

Extended members of the Mizzou family celebrated commencement and Mother's Day with style and fanfare.

Student with eight family memers and a decorated mortar board that says "No further questions please."

School of Natural Resources graduate Raven Fairley poses for a photo on the north side of Jesse Hall with her family. Fairley’s academic program focused on sports management. Photo by Shane Epping.

People in front of Jesse Hall, with Columns reflected in the glass doors.

Graduates and family members stand on the north side of Jesse Hall after attending ceremonies. Photo by Shane Epping.

Crowd of cheering people, with one man leaping into the air.

Friends and loved ones celebrate on the Quad. Photo by Shane Epping.

Woman in cap and gown in front of the fountain.

A Mizzou legacy graduate poses for a photo on Carnahan Quad. Photo by Shane Epping.

Man in can and gown sitting on bronze tiger.

Biology major Blake Gordon poses for a photo on Mizzou’s bronze tiger. Gordon shook his hands to cool them off after touching the hot bronze. Photo by Shane Epping.

Woman in cap and gown climbing onto the Tiger on Tiger Plaza.

Business major Kelsey Cahill gets a lift to mount Mizzou’s bronze tiger before posing for a picture. Photo by Shane Epping.

Woman in cap and gown taking selfie with older man.

Psychology major Andrea Hulver takes a selfie with her father on the Quad before attending graduation ceremonies. Photo by Shane Epping.

Man picking up woman in a cap and gown.

Doctor of Physical Therapy graduate Samantha Cowles gets a lift from her boyfriend Steven Hollon on the Quad. Photo by Shane Epping.

Two students holding cap that says "I still know nothing" with photo of Michael Scott from "The Office."

Doctors of Physical Therapy graduates Megan Caffrey, left, and Rachael Richards pose for a photo with Michael Scott on the Quad. Photo by Shane Epping.

Silhouette of student with Columns in background.

A graduate stands on the north side of Jesse Hall after attending ceremonies. Photo by Shane Epping.

Crowd of people on the Quad on a sunny day.

Family and friends gather on the Quad to celebrate graduation. Photo by Shane Epping.

Graduation balloons with Discovery and Excellence banners.

Balloons belonging to School of Natural Resources graduate Grace Flowers accompany the banners between the Columns on the Quad. Photo by Shane Epping.

Student with camera on tripod next to the Columns.

Keevey Song uses a tripod as a makeshift selfie stick while photographing herself and graduate Tianshu Wei Sunday on Francis Quadrangle.

Cap with tiny 3D-printed bust of a graduate, columns and Jesse Hall glued to top.

College of Engineering graduate Nick Bira displays 3D models on his mortar board at graduation ceremonies on Sunday. Photo by Rob Hill.

Closeup of Converse hightops.

Business major and cum laude graduate Lauren Casey shows off her footwear. “I wanted to be comfortable,” Casey said. Photo by Shane Epping.

Selfie.

Brianna Donahue, a business major, takes one last look at herself on her cell phone before entering Hearnes Center for the Trulaske College of Business graduation ceremony. Photo by Shane Epping.

Students in caps and gowns walking together and laughing.

Trulaske College of Business graduates walk to the Hearnes Center for graduation ceremonies. Photo by Shane Epping.

Students in caps and gowns walking together.

Trulaske College of Business graduates walk to the Hearnes Center for graduation ceremonies. Photo by Shane Epping.

Mortarboards have messages like "Four Years Later" and "Finally Done with This."

Trulaske College of Business graduates show off their decorated mortarboards. Photo by Shane Epping.

Woman passing out flower bouquets.

Kailey Brooks sells flowers as part of her job with the Student American Institute of Floral Designers (SAIFD) at the Trulaske College of Business graduation. Photo by Shane Epping

Student standing up in the middle of the crowd.

A graduate of the Trulaske College of Business waves to loved ones in the crowd before ceremonies begin. Photo by Shane Epping.

Cell phone screen.

A guest takes a cell phone picture of the Trulaske College of Business graduates in the Hearnes Center. Photo by Shane Epping.

Hearnes Center crowd.

The Trulaske College of Business graduation ceremony took place at the Hearnes Center on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Shane Epping.

Cap says "MIZ" with a pawprint.

Trulaske College of Business graduate shows off her Mizzou pride on her mortarboard. Photo by Shane Epping.

Students in caps and gowns seated and leaning toward camera.

Trulaske College of Business graduates pose for photo during graduation ceremonies. Photo by Shane Epping.

Crowd in seats at Hearnes Center.

The Trulaske College of Business graduation ceremony took place at the Hearnes Center on Saturday afternoon. It was a full house. Photo by Shane Epping.

Dean seated next to stack of diplomas.

Ajay Vinzé, dean of the Trulaske College of Business, enjoys listening to a speaker at the graduation ceremony. Photo by Shane Epping.

Student making cheering gesture.

A graduate of the Trulaske College of Business celebrates on stage. Photo by Shane Epping.

Student making peace sign with both hands.

A graduate of the Trulaske College of Business celebrates on stage. Photo by Shane Epping.

Dean and student.

Ajay Vinzé, Dean of the Trulaske College of Business, congratulates a graduate. Photo by Shane Epping.

Woman in cap and gown and gold head scarf.

A graduate of the Trulaske College of Business waves to the crowd. Photo by Shane Epping.

Man in can and gown pointing.

A graduate of the Trulaske College of Business points to the crowd. Photo by Shane Epping.

Woman in cap and gown walking in front of tiger eyes.

A graduate of the Trulaske College of Business leaves the Hearnes Center after walking off stage. Photo by Shane Epping.

Jim Spain shaking hands with a graduate.

Jim Spain, vice provost for undergraduate studies, greets graduates before they receive their degrees during the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources ceremony. Photo by Rob Hill.

Women sitting on floor in caps and gowns.

Kylee Lawhead, with cap, takes a break before Mizzou's Honors Convocation. With Kylee are friends Lexi Brandt, Brittaney Brogan and Annie Galligan. Photo by Rob Hill.

Cell phone screen showing group photo.

Photos become a ritual of commencement as students assemble before the MU Honors Convocation. Photo by Rob Hill.

Pat Jones at a microphone.

Conservationist Pat Jones speaks to graduates after she is awarded an honorary degree during the Honors Convocation. Photo by Rob Hill.

Students in caps and gowns looking to the left.

Graduates eye the future during the MU College of Engineering's commencement on Sunday. Photo by Rob Hill.

Students in caps and gowns walking down stairs.

Nursing graduates line the stairway in Jesse Hall before the Sinclair School of Nursing commencement ceremony. Photo by Rob Hill.

Graduate walking into building.

Journalism graduate Sean “Dogger” Miller walks toward the main floor in the Hearnes Center before graduation ceremonies begin on Sunday afternoon. Miller will be driving the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile after college. Photo by Shane Epping.

Student with camera.

Photojournalism graduate Nadav Soroker takes a photo before graduation ceremonies begin. Photo by Shane Epping.

Student with mouth open in excitement.

Journalism graduate Sean Na, left, shows his excitement before graduating. Photo by Shane Epping.

Three women in caps and gowns.

A trio of journalism graduates pose for a photo before ceremonies begin. Photo by Shane Epping.

Students in caps and gowns with hands over their hearts.

Graduates listen to the National Anthem in the Hearnes Center before ceremonies begin. Photo by Shane Epping.

Students in caps and gowns with arms around each other.

Graduates embrace one another while singing the alma mater, “Old Missouri,” before graduation ceremonies begin. Photo by Shane Epping.

Mun Choi in regalia at a lectern.

University of Missouri System President Mun Choi speaks to graduates at the School of Journalism ceremonies, where he quoted “Waterfalls” by TLC. Photo by Shane Epping.

Student in cap that says "Wise shall be the bearers of light."

A journalism graduate sports words of wisdom on her mortarboard. Photo by Shane Epping.

Students in caps and gowns seated.

Journalism graduates fill the floor of the Hearnes Center. Photo by Shane Epping.

Marina Walker Guevara at a lectern

Marina Walker Guevara, MA ’05, speaks to journalism graduates. She reminded them to “always have a loud mouth.” Photo by Shane Epping.

Student in cap and gown smiling.

A journalism graduate looks to the crowd and flashes a smile. Photo by Shane Epping.

Student wearing cap that says "Power MIZZOU Made"

A journalism graduate takes pride in his Mizzou education and says so on his mortarboard. Photo by Shane Epping.

Student with camera.

A photojournalism graduate takes a quick photo before walking on stage. Photo by Shane Epping.

A journalism graduate celebrates on stage by placing his fist on his heart. Photo by Shane Epping.

A journalism graduate celebrates on stage by placing his fist on his heart. Photo by Shane Epping.

James Bender, the student speaker for the School of Journalism, celebrates by looking to the crowd and extending his arms. Photo by Shane Epping.

David Kurpius, Dean of the School of Journalism, concludes graduation ceremonies. Photo by Shane Epping.

Woman holding up cardboard tube

A journalism graduate celebrates on stage by launching confetti at the crowd. Photo by Shane Epping.

Woman in cap and gown surrounded by confetti.

A journalism graduate leaves the stage in a shower of confetti. Photo by Shane Epping.

Student in cap that says "THX MOM" in glitter letters.

Graduation ceremonies for the School of Journalism overlapped with Mother’s Day. Many graduates reminded their moms that they were thankful by wearing visual cues on their mortarboard. Photo by Shane Epping.