Commencement Ceremony


Due to the current state of the ongoing pandemic, and the guidance regarding physical distancing, we have cancelled the fall 2020 commencement ceremony scheduled for Saturday, December 12, 2020. 

In lieu of the ceremony, Crowder College will create a graduation video to be shared the week of December 7, 2020.

We are saddened to make this decision, but out of concern for the health and safety of the large crowd which would be present, we had no choice but to make alternate arrangements.

You will have the opportunity to participate in the May 2021 commencement ceremonies if you choose. Please email: or call, 417.455.5664 if you wish to participate in the spring 2021 ceremonies.

Crowder College Commencement is a ceremony intended to honor, recognize, and celebrate student achievement for those who have completed academic requirements toward graduation. Commencement is held during both fall and spring semesters:

  • Fall 2019 – cancelled
  • Spring 2021 –  May 8, 2020 | 10 am (AA-General Studies, Teaching, and Agriculture ) and 1 pm (All other degrees)

Commencement rehearsal/reception hosted by the Crowder College Foundation will be held the Thursday prior to the commencement ceremony, at 2:00 pm in the Wright Conference Center located inside Farber Hall on the Neosho campus. All graduates are urged to attend.

Order your cap, gown, and announcement (if desired) at the following link: Graduation Regalia from Balfour

Commencement Regalia – Student Regalia my include an honor cord and/or a graduation stole.

  • Honor cord: an honor cord is a twisted, colored cord with tassels on both ends. Wearing an honor cord signifies specific academic achievement or participation/membership in a College organization that has been approved for special recognition at commencement. As traditionally accepted, more than one honor cord may be worn at commencement.
  • Graduation Stole: a stole is a decorative scarf-like sash which is worn to signify particpation or completion in a College program that has been approved for special recognition at commencement. The sash may include an insignia or the color of the sash may be represented by the colors of the organization. As traditionally accepted, no more than one stole will be worn at commencement.

Organizations that wish to recognize individuals with either an honor cord or stole must obtain approval from the Vice President of Student Affairs.

Each student will be responsible for the cost of a cap and gown (regalia) and any cords or stoles unless otherwise noted.

Commencement Regalia is listed in the Student Handbook

Complete application for graduation through My Crowder or in our Records Office.

Professional photos taken during commencement may be purchased online through Grad Images.

Parents, Family, and Guests
We are encouraging our graduates, family, and guests to arrive early. Escorts will be on-site to assist graduates, family, and guests to available parking and seating areas.

Limited mobility or special needs?
Please contact the Student Accessibility Office, (417) 455-5733. Guests having limited mobility or special needs are strongly advised to arrive early (at least one hour before the ceremony begins). Allow plenty of time to park, enter the Crowder College Gymnasium and find convenient seating. The admission doors will open an hour prior to the ceremony.

Inclement Weather
In the event of inclement weather, commencement will still be held in the Bob Sneller Gymnasium; however, no graduate processional will occur. Graduates will be seated in their designated location to begin the ceremony.

For more information regarding commencement please contact the Crowder College Records Office:
(417) 455-5424.