More than 2,300 students are expected to receive degrees from Mizzou this weekend.
According to a release, the University of Missouri will award 2,509 degrees, including 1,932 bachelor's degrees, 414 master's degrees, 147 doctorates, four law degrees, 11 education specialist degrees and one medical degree. Some students will receive more than one degree.
While enrollment has declined this year, the number of students graduating from Mizzou has remained fairly similar over the past five years:
December 2017: 2,509 degrees, including 1,932 bachelor’s degrees
December 2016: 2,563 degrees, including 1,911 bachelor’s degrees
December 2015: 2,591 degrees, including 1,961 bachelor’s degrees
December 2014: 2,570 degrees, including 1,916 bachelor’s degrees
December 2013: 2,436 degrees, including 1,756 bachelor’s degrees
Here's a look at enrollment numbers over the same time frame:
September 2017: 4,134 freshman students
September 2016: 4,799 freshmen students
September 2015: 6,211 freshman students
September 2014: 6,546 freshman students
September 2013: 6,227 freshman students
The university saw a significant drop in enrollment after the 2015 protests on campus. It's important to note that students in the 2015 freshman class are only a little more than halfway through their undergraduate careers. However, the university has repeatedly said that retention rates remain high.
This year, MU's retention rate, which measures how many freshman are returning to Mizzou, was 87 percent-the second highest in the school's history. Graduation rates have also been on the rise in recent years.
Mizzou is also touting the number of graduates within its online program. According to release, nearly 200 students will graduate from Mizzou Online. They range in age from 21 to 69.
MU chancellor Alexander Cartwright has said he wants to increase the university's online offerings and has made accessibility a top priority.
"We are in the business of preparing students in the future," he said in his 100 days address last month.
Here's a look at this weekend's graduation schedule.