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Nov. 25, 2022

Northwest celebrating graduates during Dec. 9 commencement ceremonies

Northwest Missouri State University will celebrate the achievements of its most recent graduating students during winter commencement ceremonies Friday, Dec. 9.

Northwest will host three ceremonies, beginning at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. in Bearcat Arena at the Lamkin Activity Center on the University campus. To accommodate guests who cannot attend, Northwest also offers a live online stream of each ceremony at   

“Commencement is a testament to grit and determination, and we are proud to celebrate our graduates and their loved ones for their hard work,” Northwest Interim President Dr. Clarence Green said. “Our graduates have experienced monumental change from learning modalities to civility. They are ready to solve the problems of today while having the knowledge, skills and abilities for the problems of tomorrow.”

About 1,500 students are expected to complete degrees at the University this fall, with more than 450 earning bachelor’s degrees, nearly 900 receiving master’s degrees and another 150 earning education specialist degrees. Business management is the most common bachelor’s degree among the fall graduates, and applied computer science is the most common master’s degree.

Graduates participating in commencement ceremonies may pick up caps and gowns between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, through Wednesday, Dec. 7, and 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Dec. 8, on the first floor of the Administration Building. Caps and gowns also will be available one hour prior to each ceremony in the Student Rec Center at Lamkin Activity Center.

Northwest also encourages graduates, families and friends to interact with Northwest social media before, during and after the commencement ceremonies by using the hashtag #NWGrad.

For more details about commencement ceremonies at Northwest, visit


Dr. Mark Hornickel
Administration Building
Room 215