Ridgel Graduation 2019

The Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center and Campus Activities Programming Board hosted the second-annual Gus T. Ridgel Graduation Celebration.

Photos by Ryan Gavin

The pre-commencement celebration is named after Gus T. Ridgel, the first African American graduate from the University of Missouri, who graduated in 1951. This ceremony acknowledges students who, through unyielding determination, have successfully completed an undergraduate or graduate degree program from MU. It reinforces the importance of scholarship and the sense of community needed for students to thrive and prosper at institutions of higher learning.

Speakers included GOBCC staff Donald Gilliam, graduate student Jerome J. Young, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Success and Engagement Donell Young, Vice Chancellor of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity Dr. Kevin McDonald, keynote speaker and journalism professor Dr. Jeannette Porter and GOBCC Coordinator Velma Buckner. Sponsoring organizations also honored graduates with cords and awards at the event.