The 76th commencement ceremony at Missouri Southern State University will be offered as a walk-through celebration on Saturday, May 15, in the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.

Graduating seniors from both the Spring and Summer 2021 semesters have been invited to sign up to participate in one of two sessions – 9 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 4 p.m.

The walk-through will last approximately 15-20 minutes. Along the path, graduates will see special video presentations including well wishes from faculty and staff, information about the conferring of degrees and the turning of the tassel, and a performance of the “Alma Mater.”

Students may bring up to eight guests, with masks/face coverings required for all. Arrangements have been made for a professional photographer to record the moment students are awarded their degrees, and masks can be removed for an individual photo after graduates walk across the stage.

“Our hope is to make the event as special as we can for our graduates,” said Heather Lesmeister, director of University Relations & Marketing. “Our Commencement Committee has been working on this for several months, with all areas of campus coming together to make this important milestone for our students happen.”

“We want our graduates to experience the same things they would during a normal commencement, but in an environment that maintains proper health and safety measures.”

Both morning and afternoon sessions will be streamed live. KGCS-TV will offer a live telecast of the ceremonies as well as DVDs available for purchase. More information can be found on the MSSU Commencement Ceremony page.