Commencement Ceremony


Dear Crowder Graduate,

Congratulations on your Spring 2020 graduation from Crowder College!  We commend you on this educational accomplishment and we want to celebrate with you.

As you know, due to federal and state social distancing guidelines, the Spring 2020 commencement ceremonies have been cancelled. Just like you and your family, we are saddened by this and we want to do all we can to support you and find creative ways to celebrate your accomplishment. Here is some good news regarding commencement!

  • Graduation Exit Exams have been waived for all May 2020 graduates.
  • Crowder is printing a May 2020 commencement program even though there will not be a ceremony. If your name is included in the program, you will be able to request up to two copies of the program which will be available at any Crowder College bookstore.
  • Once campus has reopened, you may pick up a free diploma cover, which would have been given to you during the May 2020 ceremony, at any Crowder College bookstore. You will also have the opportunity to purchase any Latin honor cords, stoles, and/or graduation tassel at any Crowder College bookstore.  Keep in mind that you must have an eligible GPA to purchase an honor cord.  The bookstore will also make these available for purchase online.
  • Once your degree has been conferred, your diploma will be mailed to you at the address you provided on your graduation application. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.
  • A Veteran’s honor cord is available through the Veteran’s Services office in Financial Aid. You may contact Jorge Davila at for more information.
  • We would like to invite you to participate in the December 2020 commencement. If this is something you desire to do, please email

Please call 417-455-5664 or email if you have any questions about graduation.

Again, we are honored that you will soon be a Crowder College graduate!

Best Wishes,

Tiffany Slinkard
Vice President of Student Affairs

Crowder College Commencement is a ceremony intended to honor, recognize, and celebrate student achievement for those who have completed academic requirements toward graduation. Commencement is held during both fall and spring semesters:

  • Fall 2019 – December 14th, 2019, 10 am
  • Spring 2020 – May 9th, 2020, 10 am (AA-General Studies, Teaching, and Agriculture ) and 1 pm (All other degrees)

Commencement rehearsal/reception hosted by the Crowder College Foundation will be held the Thursday prior to the commencement ceremony, at 2:00 pm in the Wright Conference Center located inside Farber Hall on the Neosho campus. All graduates are urged to attend.

Order your cap, gown, and announcement (if desired) at the following link: Graduation Regalia from Balfour

Commencement Regalia – Student Regalia my include an honor cord and/or a graduation stole.

  • Honor cord: an honor cord is a twisted, colored cord with tassels on both ends. Wearing an honor cord signifies specific academic achievement or participation/membership in a College organization that has been approved for special recognition at commencement. As traditionally accepted, more than one honor cord may be worn at commencement.
  • Graduation Stole: a stole is a decorative scarf-like sash which is worn to signify particpation or completion in a College program that has been approved for special recognition at commencement. The sash may include an insignia or the color of the sash may be represented by the colors of the organization. As traditionally accepted, no more than one stole will be worn at commencement.

Organizations that wish to recognize individuals with either an honor cord or stole must obtain approval from the Vice President of Student Affairs.

Each student will be responsible for the cost of a cap and gown (regalia) and any cords or stoles unless otherwise noted.

Commencement Regalia is listed in the Student Handbook

Complete application for graduation through My Crowder or in our Records Office.

Professional photos taken during commencement may be purchased online through Grad Images.

Parents, Family, and Guests
We are encouraging our graduates, family, and guests to arrive early. Escorts will be on-site to assist graduates, family, and guests to available parking and seating areas.

Limited mobility or special needs?
Please contact the Student Accessibility Office, (417) 455-5733. Guests having limited mobility or special needs are strongly advised to arrive early (at least one hour before the ceremony begins). Allow plenty of time to park, enter the Crowder College Gymnasium and find convenient seating. The admission doors will open an hour prior to the ceremony.

Inclement Weather
In the event of inclement weather, commencement will still be held in the Bob Sneller Gymnasium; however, no graduate processional will occur. Graduates will be seated in their designated location to begin the ceremony.

For more information regarding commencement please contact the Crowder College Records Office:
(417) 455-5424.