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Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski addresses graduates and guests during the University's December commencement ceremony in Bearcat Arena. In alignment with COVID-19 mitigation measures, Northwest rescheduled its spring commencement ceremony for Aug. 8 and moved it outdoors to Bearcat Stadium. (Photo by Todd Weddle/Northwest Missouri State University)

Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski addresses graduates and guests during the University's December commencement ceremony in Bearcat Arena. In alignment with COVID-19 mitigation measures, Northwest rescheduled its spring commencement ceremony for Aug. 8 and moved it outdoors to Bearcat Stadium. (Photo by Todd Weddle/Northwest Missouri State University)

July 31, 2020

Northwest to honor spring, summer graduates Saturday, Aug. 8

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Northwest Missouri State University will celebrate the achievements of more than 1,200 students when it hosts its rescheduled spring commencement ceremony Saturday at Bearcat Stadium.

The ceremony honoring spring and summer graduates begins at 6 p.m., and all attendees will be expected to follow Northwest mitigation measures in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Graduates and guests will be required to wear face coverings and maintain a safe social distance.

Northwest’s spring graduating class totals 929 students with 607 receiving bachelor’s degrees, 315 receiving master’s degrees and seven earning education specialist degrees. Elementary education is the most common bachelor’s degree among the spring graduates, and applied computer science is the most common master’s degree.

The summer graduating class totals 349 students with 148 earning bachelor’s degrees, 196 completing master’s degrees and five receiving education specialist degrees. Business management is the most common bachelor’s degree among summer graduates, and the most common master’s degrees are curriculum and instruction and education leadership for K-12.

The graduates range in age from 20 to 60. They represent nine countries and 23 states, with 59 percent of all graduates coming from within the state of Missouri.

Candidates for graduation may pick up caps and gowns on the first floor of the Administration Building between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, and 8 a.m. and noon Friday, Aug. 7, or between 2 and 5:45 p.m. Saturday in Bearcat Arena. Graduates also may pick up their caps and gowns at Northwest-Kansas City in Gladstone by contacting Kaley Coulter at kcoulter@nwmissouri.edu.

No tickets are necessary to attend, and Bearcat Stadium gates open to guests one hour prior to the ceremony. To accommodate guests who cannot attend, Northwest offers a live online stream of the ceremony at www.nwmissouri.edu/live.   

Northwest also encourages graduates and their families and friends to interact with Northwest social media before, during and after the commencement ceremonies by using the hashtag #NWGrad. Photos may be emailed to nwgrad@nwmissouri.edu for posting to Northwest’s Flickr page at www.flickr.com/nwmostate/.

For more details about commencement ceremonies at Northwest, visit www.nwmissouri.edu/graduation/.


Media contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704