At the end of the spring 2018 semester, colleges and universities across the country have recently celebrated commencement for graduates and recognized their top students on dean's lists.

A number of local students have earned recognition from their respective colleges, including the following:

Missouri Southern State University

Aurora -- Jordan Bussard, Jaycee Lee, Katlyn Powers and Brianna Thomas Verona -- Noel French and Griffen Heller

Missouri Valley College

Aurora -- Nathan Mueller

State Technical College of Missouri

Verona -- Clint Detherage

In addition to those on the dean's lists, the following local students recently received degrees at their places of higher education:

Missouri Valley College

Nathan Mueller -- Aurora, BS in Management

Benedictine College

Garrett Bader -- Aurora, BA in Biology

Campbellsville University

Tyler Jordan -- Aurora, BS in Sport Management

See future editions of the Advertiser for coverage of more local students recognized for academic excellence.