Fall 2020 Commencement

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All ceremonies will be capped at 500 graduates. Each graduate can invite up to 6 guests. 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.  

Graduates from May and Summer 2020 may still attend the December 11 ceremony. To express your interest in attending, please complete the RSVP form (note: current/fall 2020 students need NOT fill out this form). 

Ceremonies will not be ticketed, nor will guests be required to RSVP.  

We look forward to celebrating with all of our #BearGrads.

9 a.m.

  • College of Business
  • William H. Darr College of Agriculture

1 p.m.

  • Reynolds College of Arts & Letters
  • College of Education
  • Interdisciplinary Academic Programs

5 p.m.

  • McQueary College of Health & Human Services
  • College of Humanities & Public Affairs
  • College of Natural & Applied Sciences

Robert and Marlese Gourley

Robert and Marlese Gourley will be receiving the Bronze Bear Award and be featured at the 9 a.m. ceremony.

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Clif Smart

President Clif Smart will be the featured speaker for this commencement ceremony.

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Ken McClure

The Mayor for the City of Springfield will be the 5 p.m. ceremony speaker and will be receiving Missouri State University's Government Excellence Award.