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SPS Announces Rescheduling of Commencement for August 6-7

Commencement Rescheduled

April 17, 2020

Springfield Public Schools has rescheduled commencement ceremonies for August 6-7 at JQH Arena. Specific times and other details for each school will be shared soon. The decision to reschedule a traditional ceremony was made after 82% of survey respondents indicated a strong preference for this option. 

“As we considered opportunities to honor the Class of 2020 during these challenging times, it was especially important that we listen to our seniors and their families about what they prefer,” said Dr. John Jungmann, superintendent of SPS. “More than 2,300 people shared feedback with the district and this was key in our decision to reschedule a traditional ceremony at an appropriate time.”

Other Year-End Announcements:

  • Project Graduation will be rescheduled for each high school and will align with commencement.
  • Prom will be rescheduled for each school for late July. Details will be finalized and communicated by each school.
  • The last day for seniors will be May 8. Seniors will be invited to pick up their cap and gown, Class of 2020 yard signs and other graduation items purchased online, via carline at school. Each high school will communicate the date and time for the carline pick-up process directly with seniors and their families in the coming week.
  • All students (PreK through Grade 12) will have an opportunity to pick up any personal items left in school buildings before the last day of school on May 21. Each school is developing procedures to ensure appropriate social distancing during that process and will communicate details directly to families soon.
  • Summer learning will continue. Session 1 of Explore to Go, set to begin June 3, will be offered exclusively online. More details about content and registration will be provided next week. Details about session 2, set to begin in July, will be provided at a later date. 
  • A summer meal program will be offered. SPS understands that support with nutrition is critically important for families - especially when school is not in session. Just as SPS continues to provide approximately 70,000 meals each week while learning continues at home through May 21, the district is also committed to providing meals in the summer. Details about logistics and distribution will be provided as soon as possible.

For More Information:

To learn more about today’s scheduling-related announcements for year-end milestones, visit

About Springfield Public Schools:
Springfield Public Schools (SPS) is Missouri’s largest school district, representing 25,000 students and nearly 4,000 employees. SPS has built a reputation of academic excellence rooted in a belief that the learning experience should be engaging, relevant and personal – for every learner, every day. In addition to traditional learning environments across 36 elementary schools, an intermediate school, nine middle schools, five high schools, a center for gifted education and three early childhood centers, SPS collaborates with community partners to offer more than a dozen choice programs that meet the diverse needs of each student and their community. For more information, visit

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