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MSSU announces plans for 75th commencement ceremonies

The 75th commencement ceremony at Missouri Southern State University will be presented as a walk-through celebration to be held Dec. 11-12 in the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.

Graduating seniors from both the Spring, Summer and Fall 2020 semesters have been invited to select a time slot and sign up for one of the two sessions, set for 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, and 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12.

Students may bring up to eight guests. Masks/face coverings will be required for all who attend. Students will be able to remove their mask for their individual photo after walking across the stage.

The walk-through will last 15-20 minutes. Special video presentations will be offered along the path featuring well-wishes from faculty and staff, information about the conferring of degrees, the turning of the tassel and a performance of the “Alma Mater.”

“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 more than a month, with all areas of campus working 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.”

Arrangements have been made for a professional photographer to record the moment students are awarded their degrees.

KGCS-TV will offer a live telecast and stream of the ceremonies, and DVDs will be available for purchase.

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