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Information for Parents and Guests

Dear Commencement Guest:

Commencement will be scheduled as follows:



Fall 2018

December 15, 2018

Spring 2019

May 11, 2019

Fall 2019

December 14, 2019

Spring 2020


Fall 2020

December 19, 2020

Spring 2021

May 15, 2021

10:00 a.m.

College of Education, Health, and Human Studies

Harrison College of Business and Computing

2:00 p.m.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

Holland College of Arts and Media

Water and punch will be provided at receptions following each ceremony.  Receptions will be held in the Student Recreation Center (behind the Show-Me Center).  We invite you to attend.

On commencement day, professional photographers will be available on the premises immediately following the morning ceremony (approximately 11:45) to 1:30 for candidates who wish to have portrait-style or family photos taken. No appointment is necessary and there is no sitting fee. Proofs will be e-mailed approximately 10 working days after the ceremony to students at their SE e-mail address. If no e-mail address is available, proofs will be mailed within 10 days of commencement.  You are under no obligation to purchase.

We ask our students to limit their guests in the arena to eight. An overflow area with limited seating is provided for students who must bring an additional guest. If additional friends or family members wish to view commencement, please ask them to utilize our web cast. A live webcast link is available on the commencement homepage.

The Southeast campus is a tobacco-free facility. Guests are asked to respect our candidates for graduation as well as University rules. This includes refraining from the use of helium balloons, noise makers, silly string, or other projectile devices indoors; remaining in attendance through the entire ceremony; and allowing each student's name to be heard as he or she is crossing the stage. Parking for those with disabilities is provided on the north side of the Show-Me Center. Please utilize the front entrances on the north end of the building. An elevator is available just inside those entrances. Handicapped seating is available in the overflow rooms and at floor level on both the lower and the upper seating areas. If you have a disability other than a mobility issue, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 573.651.2250 at least one month prior to the ceremony.

Please show your respect for other guests and students by remaining through the entire commencement exercise. To maintain the dignity of the ceremony, we request that you remain in your seats during the ceremony, and use the floral backdrop areas for photography after commencement is completed.  For those who feel the need to stretch, or who have small children, monitors are provided in the concourse areas.

For those who wish to honor their graduates with flowers, a vendor will be available in the concourse areas at the front of the Show Me Center.  More information is available by clicking "Flowers for your Graduate" in the menu bar on the left side of the commencement website.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 573.651.2250. We're looking forward to seeing you on commencement day.

Commencement Committee 2019-20


Academic Hall 057
One University Plaza, MS 3760
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701