December Commencement: Info for Families & Friends

To commence is “to begin,” or “to start.” At the end of their college journey, our students begin a new chapter of their lives, as educated citizens who will protect our democracy and offer creative solutions to local, state, national and global problems.

Commencement is arguably the most exciting time of the academic year, if not of a student’s entire college journey. The Commencement ceremony celebrates the achievements of Truman State University students and honors the accomplishments of distinguished speakers and guests.  Here are a few items that might be helpful as you plan your trip to Kirksville!

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9:30 a.m.Family and friends may start arriving at Pershing Arena. The doors will be
unlocked promptly at 9:30 a.m. and there will be staff handing out programs.
10:00 a.m.Graduation Candidates should be arriving in the Small Gym in Pershing Arena
10:30 a.m.Faculty arrive and rank is closed by the Grand Marshal
10:50 a.m.The Processional begins moving toward Pershing Arena
10:55 a.m.The Processional enters Pershing Arena
11:00 a.m.Commencement Ceremony
Around 1:00 p.m.Reception for everyone in the Student Union Building in the HUB

We ask that everyone stand as the graduates enter the arena!  Our faculty will form two lines and greet the students as they enter the staging area.  Once the faculty has moved to their seats, the President will begin the ceremony.  When the ceremony has concluded, we ask that everyone remains in their seats until the students have exited the arena.


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