The commencement for the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources was held May 18 in the Hearnes Center. U.S. Senator Roy Blunt was the commencement speaker for the event.
The commencement speaker for the MU School of Natural Resources was Roger Still, former Missouri state director of The Nature Conservancy and former Vice President of National Audubon Society. SNR's ceremony also was held May 18, in Jesse Auditorium.
Four hundred sixty-two students received diplomas.
Sen. Blunt talked about the advancement and importance of agriculture. "You will always remember this day, and who helped you get here," Sen. Blunt said. Agriculture is such a big umbrella. It is amazing what we do now, and what we will need to do to prepare for advances in the future."
The Outstanding CAFNR Senior for the spring class of 2013 was presented to Marie Inglish, California, and she received her B.S. in Agribusiness Management.Â Her nominating organization was the
Agricultural Economics Club.Â
"Marie has excelled in her coursework and participates in numerous activities," said Kody Raines, CAFNR Student Council president and award presenter. "She has received Dean's List honors every semester while enrolled at the university which reflects upon her academic achievements.Â Marie has served as President of the Agricultural Economics Club, and accredited to her leadership, this organization
received the Outstanding Club Award this year. Marie is a John Brown Scholar, Dickinson Scholar, CAFNR Week Queen Finalist, and an avid volunteer.Â She has interned for CAFNR Ag Alumni Association, Missouri Pork Association, and studied abroad in the Czech Republic.Â Peers described Marie as "dedicated, innovative, and genuine."
CAFNR was established in 1870. It has the highest sponsored research expenditures on the MU campus. The college is ranked among the top 15 programs in the world for animal and plant science research, according to Thomson Reuters.
Since 1989, SNR has been housed within CAFNR. Some of SNR's programs originated up to 80 years ago. It is the Midwest's only school with a comprehensive natural resources program, encompassing atmospheric science, fisheries, forestry, parks, recreation, soils, tourism and wildlife.