Over 1,500 students will be celebrating their completion of a degree from Missouri State with graduation ceremonies at JQH Arena. The university will be awarding 1,192 bachelor’s degrees, 380 master’s degrees, and 12 doctorate degrees along with five specialist degrees.
Over 280 students will also be given graduation honors: 171 cum laude (3.5-3.74 GPA), 71 magna cum laude (3.75-3.89 GPA), and 46 summa cum laude (3.9-4.0 GPA.)
“Graduation is the most exciting time on campus,” Missouri State President Clif Smart told OI. “Friday, 1589 students will graduate and begin their careers or their graduate studies. We hope they consider staying in the area and that they want to remain connected to the University.”
The first graduation ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. for students from the College of Business and College of Education. The keynote speaker will be Missouri State Senator Lincoln Hough, who will receive the Government Excellence Award.
The second ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. and feature the remaining graduates. Rep. Elijah Haahr, the speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives, will be the keynote speaker for this ceremony and will also be given the Government Excellence Award.
Missouri State says all attendees will have to pass through security, and should leave any gifts, balloons, or items that could be considered a type of weapon at home.
(Headline photo courtesy Missouri State.)