From staff reports
JOPLIN, Mo. —
Spring commencement ceremonies have been scheduled for this week and next at local colleges and universities.
Missouri Southern State University will hold graduation events beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday for students in the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Health Sciences, Public Safety and Technology; and at noon Saturday for students in the Robert W. Plaster School of Business and the School of Education.
Both ceremonies, which will honor spring and summer graduates, will be held at the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.
According to the registrar, 586 degrees for spring graduates and 127 degrees for summer graduates are expected to be conferred, representing 613 students.
Joplin Mayor Melodee Colbert-Kean, a Southern graduate, will be the featured speaker. She is a licensed Realtor and president of Prayerful Portions, a small-business consulting firm. She is also involved with the National League of Cities, Missouri Municipal League, Missouri Women’s Council, Joplin Metro Credit Union, Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, the Joplin branch of NAACP, Discover Downtown Alliance and the Joplin Emancipation Committee.
Spring commencement has also been scheduled at:
• Pittsburg (Kan.) State University on Friday. Graduates from the College of Business and the art, communication, history, philosophy, social sciences and general studies departments of the College of Arts and Sciences will be recognized in a ceremony beginning at 5:30 p.m. that day. Graduates of all other departments of the College of Arts and Sciences will be recognized beginning at 8 p.m. Friday.
This is the first time that graduation for the College of Arts and Sciences — the university’s largest college — has been split into two ceremonies.
On Saturday, ceremonies are set for 9 a.m. for the College of Technology and 11 a.m. for the College of Education.
All ceremonies will take place in the Garfield W. Weede Physical Education Building.
According to the university registrar, 1,134 students — 864 undergraduate students and 270 graduate students — are eligible to participate in spring commencement.
Because construction of a performing arts center has taken up much of the nearby lots available for parking, university officials urge anyone attending commencement to arrive early to find a parking spot.
• Crowder College in Neosho at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at Bob Sneller Gymnasium. Crowder has 568 students who have applied for graduation either this spring or summer and who will be recognized that day.
• Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami, Okla., at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Student Activity Center.