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PSU Commencement

November 20, 2020

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One event on November 21, 2020 at 12:00 am

Pittsburg State University’s postponed 2020 Spring Commencement will be paired with the 2020 Fall Commencement on November 20 and 21, 2020.

Ceremonies will start in the Robert W. Plaster Center and then proceed to the Garfield Weede Building. Parking for candidates and their families will be in the Bicknell Center for the Arts parking lot adjacent to the Weede.

Friday, November 20:

  • 2 p.m. – College of Technology undergraduate students
  • 4 p.m. – Kelce College of Business undergraduate students
  • 5:30 p.m. – College of Education undergraduate students
  • 7 p.m. – College of Arts & Sciences undergraduate students

Saturday, November 21

  • 9:00 a.m. – Fall 2020 Graduate Students
  • 10:30 a.m. – Spring 2020 College of Arts & Sciences and Kelce College of Business undergraduate and graduate students
  • 12 p.m. – Spring 2020 College of Education and College of Technology undergraduate and graduate students


This ceremony will look different than past ceremonies. The changes were made with safety in mind and were based on feedback from a survey sent to students and faculty, which helped organizers identify top priorities.

“Though each will be different and smaller than a typical commencement ceremony, we’re very pleased that we’re able to accommodate all of the activities most requested by our Spring 2020 graduates and our soon-to-be Fall 2020 graduates,” said Provost Howard Smith. “We also appreciate the patience of those graduates and their families as we worked out the details so we could ensure safety, but also a celebratory atmosphere, for such an important milestone in their lives.”

Those requests included being able to walk across a stage and hear their name being read; seeing university leadership and receiving their diploma cover in person; and experiencing the event with family and friends.

The plan was signed off on by the Crawford County Health Department, which reviewed the university’s mitigation strategies. Those strategies include keeping graduates and their guests together rather than mixing into a crowd, each ceremony being in near-constant movement with no seating, strict social distancing, and masks being required at all times, with the exception of students during the time they stand for professional photos and cross the stage to receive their diploma cover.

Each graduate will be issued four tickets for guests, which will enable reduced occupancy requirements for the Plaster and the Weede. Each ceremony will be livestreamed to accommodate additional family and friends from home.



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Robert W Plaster Center
1701 South Homer Street
Pittsburg, KS 66762 United States
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