Commencement/Baccalaureate Information

  • Commencement events are held at JQH Arena on the MSU campus.

    Thursday, May. 20, 2021

    4 p.m. - Glendale High School

    6:30 p.m. - Hillcrest High School

    9 p.m. - Parkview High School

    Friday, May. 21, 2021

    4 p.m. - Central High School

    7 p.m. - Kickapoo High School


    Baccalaureate ceremony will be held at High Street Church, 900 N. Eastgate

    Sunday, May 16, 2021

    2 p.m.


Protocols for Graduation 2021

  • Health and Wellness Guidelines for Graduation 2021
    We are committed to honoring the outstanding achievements of the Class of 2021 and to working in collaboration with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department and Missouri State University to implement the following health and wellness guidelines for the safety of our graduates and guests.
    • To limit the crowd size and adhere to seating capacity limits, each graduate will be provided up to 8 tickets for guests. Each high school principal will send information by email regarding how and when to pick up tickets.
    • Guests are asked to sit together in family units and are encouraged to wear face masks. Seating will not be assigned; however, some seating will be restricted in order to promote social distancing. 
    • Graduates will report to Hammons Student Center, adjacent to the JQH Arena, one hour before commencement, to line up and receive instructions.
    • Graduates will be required to wear a face mask at all times, with only two exceptions: their individual photo and diploma presentation photo. Springfield Public Schools will provide the mask for each graduate.
    Viewing the Ceremony
    Live streaming will be provided during each graduation ceremony to ensure that family and friends who are unable to attend in person are able to participate virtually. A DVD and digital download of the ceremony will be available for purchase.
    Project Graduation
    Immediately following commencement on May 20 and May 21, Project Graduation will be hosted in each high school gymnasium as follows:
    Thursday, May 20:
    • Glendale at 6:00 p.m.
    • Hillcrest at 8:00 p.m.
    • Parkview at 10:30 p.m.
    Friday, May 21:
    • Central at 6:30 p.m.
    • Kickapoo at 9:00 p.m.
    This celebration at school will include prizes for graduates. Face masks will be required and social distancing will be encouraged. The event will last approximately one hour and additional details will be provided by each high school.

Music and Visual Arts Events

  • Theatre Productions

     Bright Star

    Inspired by a true story and featuring the Tony-nominated score by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Broadway’s BRIGHT STAR tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and ’40s. When literary editor Alice Murphy meets a young soldier just home from World War II, he awakens her longing for the child she once lost. Haunted by their unique connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past—and what she finds has the power to transform both of their lives. With beautiful melodies and powerfully moving characters, the story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion. An uplifting theatrical journey that holds you tightly in its grasp, BRIGHT STAR is as refreshingly genuine as it is daringly hopeful.

    Order tickets here.