773 graduate at SEMO's December Commencement ceremony - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

773 graduate at SEMO's December Commencement ceremony

(Source: Mike Mohundro/KFVS) (Source: Mike Mohundro/KFVS)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

Today was a day that many students had been waiting for a long time.

Some their whole lives.

The Southeast Missouri State University December Commencement was held on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 2 p.m. 773 students obtained their degree, including 611 undergraduate and 162 master's and specialist students.

The Show-Me-Center hosted the ceremony and thousands were packed inside to see a family member or friend walk the stage and collect that long awaited diploma.

Just before the ceremony, an Honors Convocation was held to honor 185 students. Among the undergraduate students there, 41 graduated summa cum laude (3.9 to 4.0 grade point average), 30 graduated magna cum laude (3.75 to 3.89 gpa) and 102 graduated cum laude (3.5 to 3.74 gpa). One student was also recognized for graduating with academic distinction, and 11 were recognized as Honors Scholars.

During the commencement, Dr. Warren Anderson delivered the address and Dr. Gerald McDougall presented the Pride Award.

Many other students were recognized as well during the commencement including former Scott City and SEMO pitcher Shea Simmons, who is now with the Atlanta Braves. Also, Michael Griffith and Brandy Talbott (husband and wife) were also recognized as they graduated together.

Many students said they are planning to seek employment. Many said they think the economy has rebounded a little and feel it won't be as tough finding a job in the area or field they want.

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