A new generation of Mizzou Made engineering leaders received their diplomas and one final send-off at the University of Missouri College of Engineering Spring 2018 Commencement Ceremony held on Friday at Mizzou Arena.
A total of 405 students earned 420 degrees from Mizzou Engineering on Friday, and those who attended the ceremony received their diplomas from MU Chancellor Alexander Cartwright.
MU Engineering Dean Elizabeth Loboa lauded the Class of 2018 for not only their demonstrated skills as engineers, but also the tremendous impact they had on the MU campus as a whole.
“The richness you have added the last few years to our campus extended beyond the classes you took and the activities you participated in,” Loboa said. “You brought with you a unique set of viewpoints, varied backgrounds, different experiences and more. You brought something special, a thread to weave into the complex tapestry of the University of Missouri that no one else can provide. And now, you have the opportunity to bring all of that with you as you change the world.”
The keynote speaker was David Haffner, who served as chairman and chief executive officer for renowned manufacturing company Leggett & Platt until his retirement in 2015. Haffner earned his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Mizzou in 1974.
After earning a master’s from the University of Wisconsin-Oskosh, Haffner joined Leggett & Platt in 1983, holding a variety of titles and leadership positions before being named CEO in 2006 and Chairman of its Board of Directors in 2013.
“Behind the incredible amount of intellectual property the world possesses are countless engineers who have made it happen,” Haffner said. “Contemporaneously, of the S&P 500 CEOs, about 20 percent have engineering degrees. Graduates, you’re on the cusp of an exciting and rewarding journey. Take the opportunities that lie ahead of you.”