For Guests

Reduced capacity at JQH Arena

  • Each ceremony will be capped at 750 graduates. Each graduate can invite up to 4 guests. Tickets will not be required for entrance to JQH Arena, nor will guests need to RSVP. These limits are based on JQH Arena capacity with current COVID-19 restrictions in place. We're asking graduates to follow these rules so everyone has the chance to celebrate with their guests.

Masks are required

  • All guests and graduates MUST wear masks over their noses and mouths prior to entering JQH Arena and throughout the ceremony. For more information, please review the Missouri State's masking policy.


  • Commencement parking is available in Lots 25, 54, Bear Park North and Bear Park South.  Please visit the parking website

Security screening

  • Doors to JQH Arena will open 90 minutes before both ceremonies.
  • For security purposes, guests will be wanded, upon entering JQH arena.  
  • Bag checks will take place for guests who bring any bag that is not clear/transparent.


  • All ceremonies will be livestreamed. Please visit the Spring 2021 Commencement website for the link, which will be made available for both days.

After the ceremony

  • After the ceremony has concluded, guests will be directed by JQH Arena staff to the nearest exit.  We ask that all guests follow the direction of arena staff, to safely exit the facility and maintain physical distancing. 
  • Graduates will be escorted off the arena floor and directed to the east entrance (main entrance) of JQH arena.


Celebrate with us

Join us in a virtual celebration for the class of 2021 with frames, GIFs, stickers and video. We can't wait to be together for our official in-person formal ceremonies on May 13 and 14.

Celebrating the achievements of your Bear grad

We are excited to have you on campus for commencement! Thank you for helping celebrate our graduates and for all the support you have given them along the way.

Looking for that special gift for your graduate?  Pre-order custom imprinted apparel or a bouquet of flowers for the #BearGrad in your life.  Contactless pick up right before the ceremony on May 13th and 14th is available located inside the main doors of the arena.  Shop for apparel and flowers now.


Special, non-reserved seating areas are available for guests with permanent or temporary disabilities. No stairways are encountered. Guests in wheelchairs as well as those who are unable to climb stairs are permitted in these areas.

Due to space limitations, we ask that only one other family member be seated with the guest in the special areas. To seek assistance in locating this seating, you may see one of the ushers located at the entrances the day of the ceremony.

Special accommodations

The university must have at least one week’s notice of any disability accommodation (other than seating) in order to serve the needs identified. Submit your request to commencement chair Terry Weber.