Missouri State University will confer 2,651 degrees to students at its 2017 spring commencement.
Ceremonies will be held at 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. May 19 at JQH Arena.
Students graduating from the College of Business will participate in the first ceremony. Brad Thomas, president of Silver Dollar City, will speak at this ceremony.
Students graduating from the colleges of Arts and Letters, Education, and Humanities and Public Affairs, as well as global studies majors, will participate in the second ceremony. Sara Lampe, life-long educator, will receive MSU’s 21st honorary doctorate and speak at this ceremony.
Students graduating from the colleges of Health and Human Services, Natural and Applied Sciences and Agriculture will participate in the third ceremony. Judge Nancy Steffen Rahmeyer will speak at this ceremony.
The ceremonies will be streamed live. The Missouri State commencement hub features ceremony details for graduates, guests, and faculty and staff. You can also follow what is happening live with #BearGrads and share your story using the social media kit.
About the graduates
MSU will confer a total of 1,995 bachelor’s degrees, 554 master’s degrees, 93 doctorate degrees and nine specialist degrees. Beyond the standard expectations, the university will recognize 121 students for their work with a more rigorous curriculum in Missouri State’s Honors College. The university will recognize 129 students who will graduate summa cum laude (with grade point averages of 3.9-4.0 on a 4.0 scale), 165 who will graduate magna cum laude (with GPAs of 3.75-3.89) and 329 who will graduate cum laude (with GPAs of 3.5-3.74).