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Canceled: 2020 Commencement Ceremony

August 19

The OTC commencement ceremony scheduled for Aug. 19 at JQH Arena on the Missouri State University campus is canceled. This was the make-up event for the previously scheduled May 16 graduation, which was postponed due to COVID-19.

“We spent the last three months planning, reimagining and doing everything in our power to create a safe event for our graduates and families to celebrate their incredible achievements,” said OTC Chancellor Hal Higdon. “But, after considering the growing rate of infection in southwest Missouri, we realized that the event, no matter how well planned, poses too much risk for our graduates, their guests and our employees.”

On Aug. 19 at 6 p.m., the college will release a video featuring graduation speakers, including NBA player and Springfield native Anthony Tolliver, along with student speaker Hunter Clouse, distinguished alumnus Marge Cheesman, OTC Board of Trustees Chair John Gentry, Chancellor Higdon and Provost Tracy McGrady.  Tune in here or any of OTC’s social media channels for the video premiere.

All 2020 OTC graduates are invited to attend the college’s 2021 commencement ceremony scheduled for May of next year. Additionally, this year’s OTC graduates will be mailed their diploma covers along with other OTC keepsakes.