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Commencement is the pinnacle of academic success — representing years of hard work, dedication and commitment.

The University will celebrate its Fall 2021 graduates with an in-person Commencement ceremony for limited guests at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 18, in the University’s Mabee Gymnasium. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University will limit the total number of people in the venue to around 250 and social-distancing and mask protocols will be enforced. Each graduate can invite up to eight guests to attend the ceremony and tickets will be required for admittance for guests. The graduates will receive their eight allotted tickets during the Commencement rehearsal on Dec. 16. The Commencement ceremony will be livestreamed so that family and friends who cannot attend will be able to view the ceremony.

Important Dates

October 1, 2021Caps and gowns may be ordered online starting this date: Order here
November 1, 2021Deadline to order senior bricks (Email Pat Cogan)
November 7, 2021Deadline to order caps and gowns online
December 9, 2021Deadline to RSVP for Senior Dinner and Brick Ceremony by 5 p.m. ( Email Pat Cogan )
December 10, 2021Cap and gowns may be picked up starting this date at Ozarks Exchange
December 16, 20214 p.m. — Graduation rehearsal in Mabee Gymnasium (Graduates are strongly encouraged to attend)
December 16, 2021Senior Dinner and Cocktail Hour at Rogers Conference Center – 6 p.m. cocktail hour and 7 p.m. dinner (Graduates only)
December 17, 20214 p.m. — Brick Ceremony on Campus Mall (Graduates, family and friends)
December 18, 202110:30 a.m. — Commencement Ceremony in Mabee Gymnasium (Eight guests allowed per graduate)
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