I am excited to announce that we plan to offer in-person commencement ceremonies for spring 2021 graduates. The S&T Commencement Committee and our COVID-19 Incident Command Team are working diligently to plan safe and memorable ceremonies to honor our graduates on May 14-15 at the Gale Bullman Building and potentially at other locations as auxiliary supporting facilities.
Graduates are not required to attend an in-person ceremony, and I encourage each student to determine what is best for them and their loved ones. For those who prefer to participate virtually, our ceremonies will be livestreamed on Missouri S&T’s Facebook page. Regardless of which ceremony you choose to attend, we will still confer your degrees when you have completed all requirements to be eligible to graduate.
As we continue to follow all COVID-19 safety precautions to ensure a safe campus, we will require all students and guests at in-person ceremonies to follow those precautions as well. These include wearing a facial covering that covers the nose and mouth and sitting in an assigned area to maintain social distancing. Each graduating student may bring up to two guests if they register in advance. Registration details will be shared soon.
Our plans will continue to evolve, and more details about the ceremonies will be released in the coming weeks. Students who sign up to participate will receive detailed instructions closer to the event.
We also continue to develop plans for our 2020 graduates who wish to return to campus for in-person commencement ceremonies and will share those details once they are determined.
To every one of our students, please know that I admire your incredible resilience and ability to persevere through these extraordinary times. Every day, you rise to challenges through your intelligence, creativity, ingenuity, diligence and strong work ethic. While I continue to look forward to the day when we can safely return to commencement ceremonies without the limits that we must embrace at this time, I am grateful that we can plan an in-person opportunity this spring.