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MBU celebrates 49th commencement

By the Numbers

Total Degrees: 763

Doctor of Education: 20

Educational Specialist: 6

Graduate degrees and certificates: 242

Undergraduate degrees: 493

More than 700 degrees were conferred to the class of 2021 at Missouri Baptist University’s 49th graduation ceremony, on May 4 at the Family Arena in St. Charles, Missouri.

MBU followed CDC guidelines, including mandatory social distancing, mask use, screenings and reduction of high-touch surfaces. While the ceremony was a little different than years past, the traditions and honor of the MBU commencement ceremony was reserved, including bagpipe players opening and concluding the ceremony.

The evening began with gratitude to the graduates’ families and faculty by President Keith Ross along with praise to MBU students who have proved their mettle this year.

“I am proud of all of you for adapting to unprecedented circumstances to complete the most unique of academic years.” charged Dr. Ross. 

“Much has been asked of you, Class of 2021,” continued Dr. Ross. “You have certainly weathered the storm well. When you reflect on these challenging days both now and in the future, I hope you will remember this time as one where you trusted the Lord more fully and loved your neighbors more deeply.”

This year’s commencement speaker was, author, pastor and professor, Dr. Marcus Goodloe.

“What is it that you must do?” Goodloe charged. “May you be found doing what you should be doing. The time is always right to do what is right. Class of 2021, we need you to do what is right. Let the light of Jesus be your guide and shine on.”

To end the evening, Stephanie Kontrim-Baumann, assistant professor of marketing and business administration, was presented with the Distinguished Professor Award.