Commencement Ceremony to Proceed Outside

Due to the improved weather forecast and the desire to accommodate as many guests as possible, Truman’s 2015 Spring Commencement Ceremony will be held at Stokes Stadium at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 9.

The original plan will be followed, with with all degree candidates assembling in academic dress in Baldwin Hall Auditorium by 12:30 p.m. Faculty should gather in McClain Hall with a processional to begin at 1:30 p.m.

On the off chance that the weather near the start time of the 2 p.m. does not allow an outside ceremony, it will be moved to Pershing Arena. An emergency rain site plan will be implemented, and a text message will be sent to all students, faculty and staff who have signed up to receive text messages through TruView.

Pershing Arena has a seating capacity far less than Stokes Stadium. Due to the extenuating circumstances of an indoor emergency ceremony, rain tickets would not be used and seating will be on a first-come, first-seated basis.  

Overflow seating to remotely view the ceremony would be available in Baldwin Hall Auditorium and Baldwin Hall Little Theatre.

The ceremony will also be live streamed on the Truman website at

Any updates regarding the ceremony will be posted at For questions regarding the event, contact the Registrar’s Office at

Helpful Hints to pass on to Family Members Attending the Commencement Ceremony
* Due to the earlier rain showers, the seating in Stokes Stadium may be damp, so guests might want to bring a towel.

* Missouri weather can change on a dime, so guests should consider bringing an umbrella.

* Guests are welcome to bring their own bottled water into the Stadium. Bottled water will also be for sale at the west concession stand and on the field.