Students who have been accepted into the Fall 2021 freshman class at Missouri Southern State University will be honored during upcoming signing ceremonies at three local high schools.

Ceremonies will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 26, in the Performing Arts Center at Joplin High School; 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, in the Cardinal Dome at Webb City High School; and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, in the gymnasium at Carthage High School.

Hosted by the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the purpose of the event is a symbolic demonstration of the mutual commitment between the incoming students and Missouri Southern.

“We ask the students to engage in the immersive learning environments that the university has to offer,” said Brett Meeker, the university’s director of concurrent enrollment. “In return, we will partner with them to help them achieve their educational goals.”

Each student will receive a special gift to commemorate the occasion.

Missouri Southern began offering the signing ceremonies in 2016. Due to the pandemic, the in-person events could not be held last year.

“These events are some of our favorites of the year,” said Meeker. “After not being able to have them last year, we are excited to be able to visit the schools again to begin welcoming our next group of Lions.”