Graduation to Feature Three Sessions

Pershing Arena will be the site of three separate commencement ceremonies, May 13.

Due to major renovations scheduled at Stokes Stadium through late summer, May commencement was moved to Pershing Arena. In an effort to accommodate the large number of graduates, as well as their families and friends, the University will conduct three commencement ceremonies. Tickets will not be required for any of the ceremonies.

The first ceremony will begin at 9 a.m., and Cole Woodcox, professor of English and next director of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), will give the address. Mindy McCubbin (’97), director of equity investments at Shelter Insurance Companies in Columbia, Mo., is the scheduled speaker for the second ceremony at 1 p.m. The final session will take place at 4 p.m. with Michael Schwend (’83, ’90), president of Preferred Family Healthcare giving the address.

Graduates and their guests are encouraged to use the following hashtags on social media during the lead up to graduation and through the ceremonies: #TrumanGraduation #TrumanGrad #BulldogForever.

The Registrar’s Office is looking for volunteers to pass out programs at each of the three ceremonies. Anyone interested in participating can contact Maggie Herron.

Questions may be directed to the Registrar’s Office at or 660.785.4143.

Commencement Schedule
9 a.m.
For candidates receiving:
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Bachelor of Music

1 p.m.
For candidates receiving:
Bachelor of Science (accounting, agriculture, athletic training, chemistry, computer science, exercise science, health science, justice systems, linguistics)
Master of Arts
Master of Arts in Education
Master of Science

4 p.m.
For candidates receiving:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Bachelor of Science (biology, business administration, communication disorders, economics, history, interdisciplinary studies, mathematics, physics, political science, psychology, sociology and anthropology)