Missouri University of Science and Technology invites the public to join a celebration of the achievements of its spring 2020 graduates during a virtual event in May.

An in-person commencement ceremony for spring 2020 graduates will be held at a later date, and details will be shared when available. 

The university will host the virtual celebration at 11 a.m. CDT Saturday, May 16, on Missouri S&T’s Facebook page at facebook.com/MissouriSandT. This special virtual event is a way for the campus community to honor graduates and mark this important moment. 

Missouri S&T Chancellor Mo Dehghani will speak at the celebration along with the five graduating students who were chosen as commencement speakers. The students are Katherine Bartels, a graduate student in environmental engineering from Independence, Missouri; Adam Brooks, a senior in engineering management from Columbia, Missouri; Amy Costa, a senior in psychology from Bridgeton, Missouri; Sylvia Skouby, a graduate student in industrial-organizational psychology from St. James, Missouri; and Delaney Simmons, a senior in nuclear engineering from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. 

To be chosen as a student speaker, graduating students submitted an application with a copy of their proposed speech and their resume. A selection committee reviewed anonymous applications and selected finalists to audition. 

“This celebration is a recognition of our students’ hard work and dedication during this trying time,” says Dehghani. “It is not a substitution for commencement; these students will have the opportunity to celebrate in-person once we return to campus and can safely participate as a campus community.” 

In March, Missouri S&T moved all courses online as the majority of students departed campus to continue their studies remotely to help address the COVID-19 public health emergency. Most faculty and staff also are working remotely except for those needed on campus to ensure that essential operations and research continue. 

More information about the virtual celebration is available online at registrar.mst.edu/virtual-celebration.