JOPLIN, Mo. —
Local colleges and universities have scheduled commencement ceremonies next month for spring graduates.
Missouri Southern State University will hold two commencement ceremonies for all spring and summer graduates on Saturday, May 10, in the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center. Students from the schools of arts and sciences and health sciences will graduate at 9:30 a.m.
Students from the schools of business and education as well as students who are receiving degrees in general studies will graduate at noon.
Graduates should arrive at Young Gymnasium at least 30 minutes before their ceremony. A rehearsal is scheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, at the athletic center.
The commencement speaker will be Betsy Banks Saul, co-founder of Petfinder.com, an online database of animal shelters and adoptable pets across the United States, Canada and Mexico.
She served Petfinder until its acquisition by Nestle Purina in 2013 and is currently chairwoman of the board of directors of the Petfinder Foundation.
Banks Saul received her bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from Missouri Southern State University in 1989 and her master’s degree in forest ecology from Clemson University in 1993.
Prior to creating Petfinder, she worked as an urban forester for the state of New Jersey, an agriculture extension agent at Rutgers University, a park ranger at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in Alaska and a field scientist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in South Carolina.
Pittsburg (Kan.) State University will also hold multiple ceremonies. Commencement is set for 5 p.m. Friday, May 9, for graduates of the College of Education and for 8 p.m. Friday, May 9, for graduates of the College of Technology in the Weede Physical Education Building. The College of Technology will host a reception for its graduates from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 9, in the Kansas Technology Center rotunda.
The College of Arts and Sciences departments of art, communication, history, philosophy and social sciences along with the Kelce College of Business will hold a ceremony at noon Saturday, May 10, in the physical education building. Commencement for all other departments in the College of Arts and Sciences is at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 10, in the physical education building.
The university will also host a U.S. Army ROTC commissioning ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday, May 9, at the Veterans Memorial Amphitheater on Rouse Street.
Parking around the physical education building is limited because of nearby construction, so guests are encouraged to arrive early to find a parking spot.