Class of 2021 Commencement Central

Joplin Schedule

As of May 3, 2021

(All times and locations are subject to change)

Note: Attendance at all Commencement activities is required of all graduates (except those noted “By Invitation Only”) Students who would like to be excused from attending any activity, please submit this form for review and approval by your dean.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

2 p.m.

Virtual Financial Aid Presentation
Attendance required for graduates bearing student debt. (Link provided in email communications.)

5:30 p.m.

COM/MBA Dual-Degree Dinner
KC and Joplin dual-degree graduates only (by invitation only)
Location: Boulevard Brewery, Muehlebach Suite

Friday, May 7, 2021

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Drive-thru Attire Distribution
Location: KCU-Joplin Campus Front Entrance

Graduation attire can be picked up on the Joplin campus on Friday, May 7, 2021 between 9:00 a.m. through 1:00 p.m.

After successfully passing the KCU Safety Health Screening and complying with all safety protocols of mask wearing and social distancing, you may enter campus through the main entrance doors and head towards the library.

Should you be traveling to Joplin from out-of-state and in need of accommodations for a Saturday pick up please email by April 30, 2021.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

5:30 – 7 p.m.

MedCorps Reception
Military graduates (by invitation only)
Location: Learning Studio

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Location: All events on Sunday take place at Missouri State Southern University Leggett & Platt Athletic Center, 3 Lion Pride Lane, Joplin, MO

Parking: Parking on the MSSU Campus is free. Please review this map to locate parking lots nearest the Leggett and Platt Athletic Center.

9 a.m.

Military Commissioning Rehearsal
Attendance required for all military graduates.
Location: Leggett & Platt Athletic Center


Athletic Center doors open for graduates and guests

12:30 p.m.

All graduates and guest hooders are seated

1 – 3 p.m.

Commencement Ceremony - Watch on YouTube

Commencement Ceremony program

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