Graduation to Feature Three Sessions

Due to major renovations scheduled at Stokes Stadium through late summer, spring commencement will involve three separate ceremonies, May 13 in Pershing Arena, and will feature three different speakers.

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.

Having three ceremonies allows the University to accommodate the large number of graduates, as well as their families and friends. Tickets will not be required for any of the ceremonies. For those who are not able to attend the ceremony, it will be live streamed on the Truman website at There will also be space available for viewing in the Student Union Building, but be aware that the weather can impact the audio and video signal quality of both the graduation display on the campus televisions and the web stream.

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.

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)

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