A royal display for December degree candidates

Dec. 2014 degree ceremony
Charnele Dawson, a candidate for a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in anthropology from Arts & Sciences, receives congratulations from Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton during Washington University in St. Louis’ December degree candidate recognition ceremony Dec. 6 in Graham Chapel. Dawson was among more than 200 degree candidates who participated in the ceremony. Donald M. Suggs, DDS, publisher and executive editor of The St. Louis American, one of the nation’s largest independent newspapers, delivered remarks to the degree candidates, and Wrighton delivered his annual Chancellor’s Message. During a reception that followed in the Danforth University Center, Dining Services’ Catering Chef Mike Healy (below) shows off a gingerbread replica of Anheuser-Busch Hall that he and fellow chef Sara Cox created. Healy, who has constructed gingerbread houses on campus the past three years, says this is the biggest one yet at 54 inches long, 27 inches wide and 28.5 inches tall. Taking 40 hours to make, the chefs used 102 pounds of finished gingerbread dough and 54 pounds of royal icing. It is now on display in Anheuser-Busch Hall’s atrium until Dec. 15, with plans to donate it to St. Louis Children’s Hospital to spread holiday cheer to the patients. (Credit: Mary Butkus/WUSTL Photos (2))

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