As another semester draws to an end, the University of Missouri–St. Louis has much to celebrate – particularly its graduating students who will be in the spotlight on campus this weekend.
Together with friends and family, the UMSL community will gather May 14 and 15 in recognition of an estimated 1,589 degree candidates completing their program of study at the university. Participating graduates will cross the stage at five ceremonies over the course of the weekend.
The first ceremony, at 10 a.m. May 14 in the Mark Twain Athletic & Fitness Center on UMSL’s North Campus, honors graduates in the science and humanities fields within the College of Arts and Sciences. Computer science major and Beanstalk Web Solutions founder Tim Hebel is the commencement speaker. Originally interested in ocean engineering, Hebel moved back to Missouri several years ago to pursue a career in programming, choosing to attend UMSL for its balance of great education and affordable tuition. During the four years that Beanstalk has been in business, six of his UMSL classmates have worked for him, and three are still full-time employees at the company.