Missouri State to Hold Traditional Ceremonies for Spring Graduates

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:

Keeping traditions alive

President Clif Smart and Boomer Bear reveal Missouri State’s plan to celebrate commencement for spring 2020 #BearGrads.You can participate in ceremonies on Oct. 18 or Dec. 11. We'll have more details to share in the weeks ahead.

Posted by Missouri State University on Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Reader Comments