Southeast’s Spring and Summer Commencement Celebrates More Than 1,400 Graduates


Southeast Missouri State University will celebrate the graduation of 1,446 spring and summer graduates in five ceremonies on May 14 and 15, 2021. Ceremonies will be in the Show Me Center and approximately 225 graduates are expected to participate in each ceremony. Tickets are required for all guests and have been distributed in advance to each graduate.

“I’m so proud of students and how they navigated the challenges that occurred this past year. Their determination, hard work and resilience was remarkable,” said Southeast President Dr. Carlos Vargas. “Faculty, staff and I are excited to celebrate their success with their families and friends at the festivities this weekend.”

In total, 467 students will graduate with honors. Students who have earned Latin Honors, Academic Distinction in the Department of the Major or completed the Jane Stephens Honors Program, will have that information displayed below their name on the videoboard as they cross the stage during their commencement ceremony, as well as printed in the program. Also recognized during the ceremony will be students graduating with a 4.0 grade point average and Honors Scholars. Details of students receiving these honors is below.

The ceremonies are organized by college. The schedule and speakers for each ceremony are:

Friday, May 142 p.m.

College of Education, Health and Human Studies (Elementary, Early and Special Education; Leadership, Middle and Secondary Education; Psychology & Counseling)

Speaker – Dr. Jeremy Barnes, Professor, Department of Kinesiology, Nutrition and Recreation

6 p.m.

College of Education, Health and Human Studies (Child and Family Studies; Communication Disorders; Kinesiology, Nutrition and Recreation; Nursing)

Holland College of Arts and Media

Speaker – Dr. Christopher Goeke, Professor, Department of Music

Saturday, May 15 – 10 a.m.

Harrison College of Business and Computing

Speaker – Dr. Judy Wiles, Professor and Chair, Department of Marketing

2 p.m.

College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Speaker – Dr. James E. Champine, Professor, Department of Biology

6 p.m.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Speaker – Dr. Eric Clements, Professor, Department of History and Anthropology

To ensure the safety of all participants, face coverings will be required and social distancing guidelines will be in place for all attendees.  Additionally, tickets are required to attend the ceremony. Due to capacity limits, each participating graduate can receive up to six tickets that they can distribute to family and friends. Seating is assigned to ensure social distancing.

Family and friends who cannot attend the ceremonies in person can view a live stream of all ceremonies. The link will be available at

Commencement by the Numbers

  • 1,446 total graduates
    • 1,102 undergraduates
    • 319 master’s graduates
    • 25 specialist candidates
  • 90,263 total all-time Southeast graduates
  • 467 students graduating with honors
    • 138 graduating summa cum laude (3.9 to 4.0 cumulative grade point average)
    • 128 graduating magna cum laude (3.75 to 3.89 cumulative grade point average)
    • 201 graduating cum laude (3.5 to 3.74 cumulative grade point average)
  • 55 (UG) students graduating with a 4.0 grade point average
    • 663 total all-time graduates with a 4.0 grade point average
  • 45 Honors Scholars
  • 5 commencement ceremonies
  • 225 approximate graduates per ceremony

A media advisory with details for covering the event will be distributed on Thursday, May 13.