Rogers GateThanks to a generous offer from officials at the University of Missouri, Columbia College has announced that a pair of in-seat commencement ceremonies will take place at Mizzou Arena on Saturday, May 1. The ceremonies will feature graduates from the Spring 2021 Class. Today’s announcement is a change from last month, when college officials made plans for a virtual ceremony because the college did not have a venue large enough to host graduation in accordance with local guidelines. Information on commencement ceremonies at the college’s locations nationwide will be communicated in the near future.

The first ceremony will begin at 11 a.m., with the other taking place at 2:15 p.m. Graduates from the Robert W. Plaster School of Business will attend the first ceremony, while graduates from the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences and the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics will attend the second.

“We’re grateful to the University of Missouri for offering a venue that will allow the graduates, as well as their loved ones, to celebrate their persistence and accomplishments in a safe and socially distanced manner,” said Columbia College Interim President Dr. David Russell.

Graduates will be allocated up to six tickets assigned to specific seats within a pod for distribution to family members only. Each pod will be socially distanced from other guests. All attendees will be required to wear masks and the ceremony will reflect all COVID-19 protocols adopted by Mizzou. The facility will be cleaned and sanitized between the two ceremonies.

Both ceremonies will be live-streamed for family and friends unable to attend. As previously announced, caps and gowns will be mailed to graduates who have registered for the ceremony; also, master’s-degree candidates will receive their hoods before the ceremony.