Flags are at half-staff on the MU Campus, as the university pays respect to those that have passed over the past academic year.
The families and friends of nine students gathered with students and faculty in the Memorial Student Union for the annual MU Remembers memorial.
Filled with emotional speeches, a video tribute, and songs, vice chancellor of Student Affairs Cathy Scroggs says that this event is never easy to be a part of.
“It’s a difficult time. But, it’s also rewarding and fulfilling to have a standing room only crowd in this room to remember these students and to be with their families,” Scroggs said.
While MU Remembers is a very emotional event, Scroggs and everyone else involved believes the event is necessary for both the families and the university.
“I think it’s encouraging for the families of those students to know that they real did have friends and meaningful relationships while they were here on our campus,” Scroggs said. “And, I think it does speak to the fact that this is a family, this is a community, and we come together to support and to comfort each other.”
In honor of each student, Ellis Library donated a new book accompanied by name plates, and each student’s name has also been engraved on the wall in Memorial Union.
Across campus, the students were also remembered by the playing of the alma mater and the ringing of the caroline bells.
The tower of Memorial Union will also be darkened until 10:00 p.m.