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SMSU Commencement May 8 in R/A Facility

Published Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Southwest Minnesota State University will hold its 53rd Commencement on Saturday, May 8 at 10 a.m. in the R/A Facility on campus. It is also the 50th anniversary of the 1971 Charter Class Commencement.

The ceremony will allow students to walk across the stage to receive their diploma covers. In keeping with COVID-related safety measures, spectators will not be allowed to attend Commencement.

The ceremony will be live streamed at www.smsu.edu/eventcenter/livestream It will be broadcast live on Marshall’s two cable systems: Spectrum Channel 188; Vast Channel 95, 22 digital. Replay of Commencement will be available after the event on SMSU’s YouTube channel.

There will be signage posted on the entrances to the buildings surrounding the R/A Facility, with viewing information and a QR code to the direct broadcast.

Approximately 235 students will participate. Master’s degree recipients will receive their master’s hoods as they walk across the stage.

A number of videos associated with Commencement will be shown on SMSU social media starting Monday, May 3 as a lead-up to Commencement. These include:

  • May 3: President Kumara Jayasuriya Commencement address
  • May 4: Congratulations from Minnesota State Chancellor Devinder Malhotra
  • May 4: Minnesota State Presidents' Salute
  • May 5: A message from Provost Ross Wastvedt
  • . May 6: Charter Class Alumni Message (50th anniversary of Charter Class Commencement)
  • May 7: Congratulations, Class of 2021
  • May 8: Outstanding Senior Award announcement
  • May 8: Conferral of Degrees Ceremony

Students will walk across the stage, have a professional photographer take their photo, then leave the R/A Facility after picking up a gift from the Alumni Association. Photos with classmates and family members may be taken after the graduates leave the R/A Facility.