Four graduating seniors at Missouri University of Science and Technology have been chosen to speak during commencement ceremonies at Missouri S&T on Saturday, Dec. 16. Two students – one representing the College of Arts, Sciences, and Business (CASB) and one representing the College of Engineering and Computing (CEC) – will speak during each ceremony.
To be chosen as a student commencement speaker, graduating seniors submitted an application with a copy of their proposed speech and their resume. A selection committee reviewed anonymous applications and selected finalists to audition. One speaker from each college was chosen to speak at each ceremony.
During the 10 a.m. ceremony, Dajae Moe Williams, a senior in engineering management from St. Louis, will represent the CEC. Madison Morris, a senior in biological sciences from Tulsa, will represent CASB.
Williams plans to give back to her community by teaching minority students STEM topics through hip hop music. With internship experience from Anhueser-Busch, John Deere, Toyota and Apple, she will start career as a manufacturing engineer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Morris has minors in chemistry and history and plans to attend medical school after graduation. She has been a member of the Women’s Soccer Team, has been involved in Zeta Tau Alpha and Phi Sigma, and has conducted optogenetics research. She will have earned her degree in three and a half years.
During the 3:30 p.m. ceremony, Lauren Cockrum, a senior in business and management systems from Chipita Park, Colorado, will represent CASB. Kelcy Yunghans, a senior in electrical engineering from Liberty, Missouri, will represent the CEC.
Cockrum has minors in information science and technology, marketing and entrepreneurship. She has worked as programming director of student radio station KMNR 89.7 FM and at the IT Help Desk. She aspires to have a successful career in marketing and design.
Yunghans showed an interest in STEM from an early age. Under the guidance of Dr. Ian Ferguson, she conducted research into solid state lighting and its applications, and is a contributor on two research papers. An active member of IEEE, Kappa Mu Epsilon and Phi Sigma Pi, she will begin work with Boeing after graduation.
More information, including a complete listing of degree programs represented at each commencement ceremony, is available at registrar.mst.edu/commencement.