The Winter Commencement ceremony for approximately 330 graduates of Missouri Western State University will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 in the arena of the M.O. Looney Complex. The commencement speaker will be Dr. Elise Hepworth, director of choral studies and music education.

The MWSU Alumni Association will host a free reception for graduates and their families after the ceremony in the Looney small gym. The ceremony is free and open to the public. For those unable to attend, it will be streamed live online at

Other commencement-related activities include:

International Student Farewell & Sash Ceremony, 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, Enright Community Rooms, Spratt 214-216

Graduating international students will be presented with a sash from their country of citizenship as a gift from Missouri Western. The ceremony will be streamed live at

Nursing Pinning Ceremony, 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, Fulkerson Center

New nursing graduates are presented with a pin symbolic of their chosen profession.

Missouri Western State University is a comprehensive regional university providing a blend of traditional liberal arts and professional degree programs. The university offers student-centered, high quality instruction that focuses on experience-based learning, community service, and state-of-the-art technology. Missouri Western is located in St. Joseph, Mo., and is committed to the educational, economic, cultural and social development of the region it serves. Visit