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Law enforcement to increase presence as graduation ceremonies and events take place in Columbia


Downtown Columbia is expected to be busy over the weekend as several colleges and universities across Mid-Missouri will hold graduation ceremonies along with other events taking place such as Summerfest.

As with any other busy weekend, law enforcement says they will have an increased number of officers out to make sure that everyone is enjoying activities in a safe way.

In addition, as you deal with the anticipated large crowds, consider leaving early or late to avoid the rush when the events are over or if the crowds seem to be out of control. Also, you'll want to avoid wearing loose clothing or accessories that could become tangled or pulled.

The University of Missouri will have multiple commencement ceremonies for students following the ones that were already held on Friday.

The University of Missouri Commencement times for Saturday:

  • The College of Arts and Science - 8:30 a.m. & 12:00 p.m. at Mizzou Arena
  • The School of Medicine - 11:00 a.m. at Jesse Auditorium
  • The School of Law - 2:30 p.m at Mizzou Arena
  • The School of Health Professions 3:30 p.m. at Mizzou Area
  • The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources 6:30 at Mizzou Arena.

Lincoln University in Jefferson city will hold three commencement ceremonies Saturday at the Robert and Charlene Mitchell Auditorium in Richardson Fine Arts Center at 710 E. Dunklin St. The first wil start at 9:00 a.m with additional ceremonies at 1:00 p.m and 3:00 p.m. 

Westminster College in Fulton Missouri is scheduled to also hold their commencement at 2:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon at Champ Auditorium. For those who cannot attend graduation, Westminster says it will stream the ceremony on their YouTubeFacebook, and Twitter accounts.

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