Mizzou to hold in-person graduations for class of 2020, 2021

Posted at 12:31 PM, Feb 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-25 13:31:45-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The University of Missouri plans to hold in-person commencement ceremonies for May and August graduates, as well as the class of 2020.

The graduations will be held over three weekends in April and May, President Mun Choi and Provost Latha Ramchand said in a message to the campus on Thursday.

While details still are being finalized, 2021 graduates will have their ceremonies over the weekends of May 7-9 and May 14-16.

All 2020 graduates will be honored at ceremonies over the weekend of April 23-25.

“Commencement is among our most beloved traditions and is the culmination of years of perseverance and hard work,” the university's message said. "Using a variety of strategies, and in consultation with our public health experts, we are developing plans to ensure we can safely hold these ceremonies for our graduates and their families."

The commencement ceremonies will be held in Mizzou Arena and the Hearnes Center. Student will be allowed up to six tickets. Visitors will be grouped in socially distanced pods, and face coverings will be required.

“While being careful and cautious, we are excited to celebrate our recent alumni and new graduates in April and May after a year that has tested all of us,” the message said.

The graduations also will be live streamed for those who cannot attend.