University of Missouri to move honors graduation from Francis Quad

Some University of Missouri students are crying foul over plans to move the spring honors graduation ceremony from historic Francis Quadrangle to Mizzou Arena.

University officials tell the Columbia Missourian that there’s no longer enough room on the quad framed by Jesse Hall, Eighth Street and the Columns to fit students and their guests.

Mizzou Alumni Association Director Todd McCubbin acknowledges the decision goes against recent tradition. He says the large crowds have forced some parents and guests to stand or benches in order to see the ceremony.

More than 300 students have signed an online petition asking the university to reconsider.