Commencement

Congratulations Class of 2020

commencement times and locations

Winter 2021 Ceremony Details

At this time, SBU plans to celebrate our graduates with an in-person commencement celebration.

Graduation is a required event for students completing their degrees. 

Dates: Friday, December 10, 2021

Times: SBU will host two commencement ceremonies for the Winter 2021 graduates. Below are the times for each ceremony, listed by the group recognized at that ceremony. (Note: Plans are subject to change based on any changes in COVID-19 protocols.)

  • Bachelor's and graduate degree recipients: Friday, December 10, 2021 at 3 p.m. (livestream)
  • Associate's degree recipients: Friday, December 10, 2021 at 6 p.m. (livestream)

Location: All ceremonies will be held in the Jane and Ken Meyer Wellness Center on the SBU Bolivar campus.

All graduates will be emailed and texted their specific ceremony times during the first half of the fall semester. Correspondence will be sent to graduates' SBU email addresses and cell phone numbers on file.

Jane and Ken Meyer Wellness and Sports Center: 
1260 S Pike Ave, Bolivar MO 65613

Download campus map (PDF)

Regalia Details

  • Regalia for December 2021 graduates will be shipped directly to the address the graduate supplies to us. More details will be communicated to graduates in October.
  • Graduates are responsible to bring all their regalia to wear on commencement day. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Graduate FAQ

No. There is no rehearsal. Therefore, reporting at lineup no later than 1 hour prior to the start of the ceremony is important so that you receive necessary instructions. 

To receive necessary lineup instructions, all graduates need to report to the Intramural Gym no later than one hour before the ceremony begins.

(Building #33 on this map)

Please be sure to bring your cell phone with you. There will be an online alumni survey you must complete upon your arrival to the ceremony line up. We suggest you leave all other personal belongings with a guest; however, these items can be stored in the lineup location as it will be locked during the ceremony.

Recommended attire:

  • Men: White dress shirt, dark slacks and dark dress shoes
  • Women: Dark dress (or dark skirt/slacks and blouse) and dark dress shoes

Caps are worn level with tassels on the left at all times. Men will remove caps at times of prayer; ladies will leave caps on at all times. This regalia is for you to keep.

Undergraduate degrees: The stole is worn like an honor cord, draped around the neck with the seal on your right. Those receiving honor cords will wear them on top of the stole.

Only the stoles, honor cords distributed at graduation lineup, and medals awarded to the Dutile Honors Program graduates may be worn with the graduation gown. It is NOT appropriate to wear cords/sashes/pins/ribbons from honor societies or Who's Who organizations during commencement.

Graduate degrees: Please be sure to bring your hood and/or tam with you in order for it to be presented to you during the commencement ceremony.

Yes, face masks are required on the SBU campus. Graduates must wear a face covering to the ceremony lineup. SBU will provide a black mask for the graduates to wear during the ceremony.

Graduates are encouraged to limit the number of guests to no more than six to allow family members of all graduates the opportunity to attend and to allow for social distancing guidelines. Tickets or reservations are not required for guests.

Your attendance at the ceremony is required. If you cannot attend due to extreme circumstances, you must gain permission to graduate "in absentia." Requests must be submitted by October 31. To make a request, send an email to provostoffice@SBUniv.edu, stating your reason for being absent. You will receive a response by email within five business days.

A minimum of 45 semester hours of credit must have been completed at SBU prior to semester of graduation. For the graduation ceremony, honors are calculated on overall Grade Point Average from the previous semester.

  • Summa Cum Laude: 3.850-4.00
  • Magna Cum Laude: 3.700-3.849
  • Cum Laude: 3.500-3.699

After final semester grades are completed, official honors will be determined for transcripts.

Honor cords will be distributed at the Honors Ceremony to be held on Tuesday, March 30 at 6:30 p.m. This will be an invitation only event. The graduate will be responsible for bringing honors cords, along with all other regalia, to the commencement ceremony.

The list of graduates will be posted online, on the Media Relations page, once grades have been finalized.

News releases will be sent to Missouri newspapers.

For out-of-state newspaper announcements, complete this form if you would like to have a news release sent to your hometown newspaper.

Grad Images will make pictures available online for your purchase. Visit www.gradimages.com or call 1-800-261-2576 with questions. Or, contact Customer Service at ecc.giservice@gradimages.net

To be eligible for a discount on photo purchases, visit www.gradimages.com/preregistration prior to the ceremony to pre-register for your graduation photos.

Diplomas will be available within four weeks of graduation.

  • Pick up in the Registrar's Office: You are encouraged to pick up your diploma in the Registrar's Office. Please call (417) 328-1896 if you plan to pick up your diploma so that you can be notified when it is available.
  • Receive by mail: Diplomas not picked up in the Registrar's Office will be mailed to the address you supplied when you submitted your online application to graduate. If there has been a change of address since completing this application you will need to notify the Registrar’s Office.

All degrees will be granted contingent upon successful completion of all academic degree requirements, which includes the Community Life and Worship (CLW) requirements for graduates on the Bolivar campus, and payment of all financial balances. Once grades are determined and finalized, diplomas will be mailed to students who have successfully completed all requirements.

Guest FAQ

Graduates are encouraged to limit the number of guests to no more than six to allow family members of all graduates the opportunity to attend and to allow for social distancing guidelines. Tickets or reservations are not required for guests.

Yes, face masks are required on the SBU campus. Guests attending commencement must wear a face covering during the ceremony and while on campus.

There are handicap spaces in front of the Jane & Ken Meyer Wellness and Sports Center, as well as across the street in the Geneva Casebolt Music Center parking lot. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

There will be a designated area for special needs in the ceremony space. SBU Staff will be on hand to assist with the location of these areas and to answer any questions.

Yes! A livestream of the commencement ceremonies will be available.

Bachelor's and graduate degree livestream

Associate's degrees livestream

Several hotels are located near the SBU-Bolivar campus:

  • Best Western Plus, Bolivar: (417) 326-0188 (reserve by phone and ask for SBU discount)
  • Comfort Inn, Bolivar: (417) 326-6169 (reserve by phone and ask for SBU discount)
  • Country Inn, Bolivar: (417) 326-8004
  • Super 8, Bolivar: (417) 777-8888
  • The Barnwood Inn, Humansville: (417) 754-8250

Additional accommodations are located in nearby Springfield, Mo.

The Bolivar Area Chamber of Commerce maintains a partial listing of Bolivar restaurants (those who are Chamber members).