Missouri State University will award 1,568 degrees to students at its fall 2020 commencement. Ceremonies take place at 9 a.m., 1 p.m., and 5 p.m. Dec. 11 at JQH Arena.
Each ceremony is capped at 500 graduates, and each graduate can invite up to 6 guests. These limits are based on JQH Arena capacity with current COVID-19 restrictions in place. Missouri State asks graduates to follow these rules so everyone has the chance to celebrate with their guests.
Students graduating from the Judith Enyeart Reynolds College of Arts & Letters, College of Education, and interdisciplinary academic programs will participate in the 1 p.m. ceremony. University President Clif Smart is the ceremony’s featured speaker.
Finally, students graduating from the McQueary College of Health and Human Services, the College of Humanities and Public Affairs, and the College of Natural and Applied Sciences will participate in the 5 p.m. ceremony. Springfield Mayor Ken McClure will receive Missouri State’s Government Excellence Award and speak.
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Missouri State will confer 1,142 bachelor’s degrees, 410 master’s degrees, 14 doctorate degrees and two specialist degrees.
The university will recognize 21 students for their work with a more rigorous curriculum in the school’s Honors College.
Missouri State will additionally recognize students graduating with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher:
- 72 students will graduate summa cum laude (with GPAs of 3.9-4.0 on a 4.0 scale).
- 84 students will graduate magna cum laude (with GPAs of 3.75-3.89).
- 210 students will graduate cum laude (with GPAs of 3.5-3.74).
Security procedures for guests
Guests are limited to six per graduate. This limit is based on the JQH Arena capacity with current COVID-19 restrictions in place.
All guests will be wanded upon entrance, and all bags will be inspected. Additionally, guests should not bring gifts, balloons, or any items that could be considered a weapon.
Security procedures for graduates
All students will be wanded upon entering Hammons Student Center. Graduates should not bring bags, coats, umbrellas, cameras, purses or any other item. They should also not bring gifts, balloons, or any items that could be considered a weapon.