A total of 727 students will be awarded 862 degrees during 2018 Spring Commencement ceremonies set for Saturday, May 12, in the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center at Missouri Southern State University.
 
The 70th graduating class includes 26 international students from 10 countries, as well as 39 students who will receive master’s degrees.
 
Graduates from the Schools of Arts & Sciences and Health Sciences will attend the 9:30 a.m. ceremony. The ceremony for the Schools of Business and Education will be at 1 p.m.
 
Tammy Trent, the senior vice president and chief accounting officer at Leggett & Platt, will serve as the keynote speaker.
 
A Carthage native and 1990 graduate of Missouri Southern, she followed her parents into the accounting field and is a Certified Public Accountant. Today, she oversees the accounting for Leggett & Platt, including 120 manufacturing sites in 18 countries.
 
The ceremonies will be streamed live at www.mssu.eduKGCS-TV will provide live coverage of the ceremony, which will also be rebroadcast at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17. The station is available on local cable systems, including Cable One, Mediacom and Suddenlink. DVD copies will be available for purchase. For more information, contact Judy Stiles at 417-625-9777.