The 108th Recruit Class reported to the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Law Enforcement Academy on July 1 and 31 troopers will graduate from the academy this month after concluding 25 weeks of training to become a state trooper. 

Superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol Colonel Eric T. Olson announced Monday that the new troopers will report to duty in their assigned troops on Jan. 6, 2020 following the ceremony on Dec. 20 at 10 a.m. in the Academy gymnasium. 

Four class awards will be presented at the ceremony. The recruits earn points toward graduation in the categories of physical fitness, firearms and academics throughout their 25 weeks at the Academy. The person with the highest number of points in each category earns the respective award. Award categories include physical fitness, firearms, academics and the Superintendent’s Award, which is presented to the person with the most points overall.

Mike Kelly, the Voice of Mizzou, will provide the keynote address during the graduation ceremony open to the public. Missouri Department of Public Safety Director Sandra K. Karsten is a special guest speaker and Col. Olson will also address the class. The Honorable Mary Rhodes Russell, Supreme Court of Missouri, will administer the Oath of Office to the new troopers. Dean Roger K. McMillian, vice president of College Affairs for Mineral Area College, will confer an associate of applied science degree to 10 of the new troopers. Troop F Color Guard will present and retire the colors. Sergeant Andrew A. Henry, Troop H, will sing the national anthem. Pastor Crystal Karr from the United Methodist Church, in Maysville, will provide the invocation and benediction.