Commencement Set for Dec. 18


Truman’s December graduation ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. Dec. 18 in Pershing Arena.

The event will be hosted at normal capacity, however, pursuant to the University’s current policy, masks will be required by everyone in attendance, including graduates, their guests, employees and the platform party.

Katherine Grace Becker, a Bachelor of Science in statistics and computer science candidate from St. Louis, Missouri, will be the student speaker.

Dr. Danna (Kelly) Herrick, a Truman alumna and decorated runner, will give the commencement address. Herrick was a four-time Academic All-American, earning a bachelor’s degree in exercise science with a minor in Spanish. Following her time at Truman, she graduated with a doctorate in physical therapy from Des Moines University. She practices in the orthopedic setting and specializes as a women’s health and pelvic floor physical therapist. Herrick qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2012, 2016 and 2020. In addition to her medical career, she trained at an elite level with Hansons Brooks Original Distance Project and received sponsorship from Brooks Running from 2016 to 2020.

A total of 276 graduates will be celebrated during the ceremony. For those who cannot attend in person, livestreams will be available on YouTube and Facebook.

Guests are asked to use the main entrance on the west side of the building. Graduates, faculty members and those who need to utilize handicapped parking spaces can use the east entrance. Due to ongoing renovations in parts of Pershing Building, restroom capacity is limited. There are facilities located in the officials’ locker room and the swimming locker room. Guests can also use restrooms on the third floor, or in the adjoining HES Building.
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