Joplin, MO (SNS) – Nearly 2,000 area high-school students will attend Sophomore Day on Tuesday, April 28, at Missouri Southern State University.

Students from Joplin, Webb City, Carthage, Carl Junction, Neosho and Seneca will be on hand for the event, which will begin with an opening ceremony at 9:15 a.m. in the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.  Following the ceremony, students will be divided into groups for campus tours and activities on the Oval.

Prizes will be awarded during the closing ceremony at 11:45 a.m. in Leggett & Platt.

Members of the media are invited to cover the event, as we offer students an educational and entertaining morning in order to showcase our academic programs and amenities. The event coincides with the statewide administration of the ACT to all 11th-grade students in Missouri public schools.


Also on Tuesday, displays showcasing where Missouri Southern students come from – both in the United States and abroad – will be unveiled at 3 p.m. on the second floor of Billingsly Student Center.

The displays – Green & Gold Across the U.S. and Green & Gold Across the Globe – will be marked to show the 46 states where students are from, the 30 countries that international students call home, and the 65 countries where students have gone to study abroad.

Created by Sign Designs, the project was one that Missouri Southern’s Diversity Committee has been working on since Fall 2014. They will be dedicated in memory of Dr. Al Cade, one of the committee’s founding members and the dean of the School of Education, who passed away on Feb. 21.