Missouri State has announced that while it won’t take place in May 2020, the school will give all their spring graduates a chance to don their cap and gown, and walk across a stage to be handed a fake diploma that represents their real one.
Spring graduates will be given two opportunities to engage in commencement ceremonies this fall inside JQH Arena:
- October 18, the Sunday after Homecoming
- December 11, during the regular fall ceremony
The West Plains campus will hold a ceremony at the West Plains Civic Center on August 8.
“We’re doing this because a college graduation is one of the highlights of a student’s life,” Missouri State President Clif Smart said in a statement. “It means so much to them, to their families and to the faculty members who helped those students cross the finish line.”
The University broke the news to graduates with a video released on social media showing President Smart getting instructions from a “beary” good source: