Culver-Stockton College is pleased to announce in-person commencement ceremonies to honor both the graduating classes of 2020 and 2021 in the Charles Field House throughout the weekend of May 15 and 16, 2021.

Graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2021 will take place on Saturday, May 15 at 9 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m., commemorating the 165th commencement and conferring 245 degrees. This graduation ceremony will be the first commencement led by President Douglas B. Palmer, the College’s 27th president who began July 1, 2020. In addition to his direction, each ceremony will feature a keynote speaker and graduate address. The 9 a.m. ceremony will include Jeff Stuerman ’82 (Trustee Emeritus) offering the keynote address and Alex Gonzalez ’21 (B.S. Finance and Business Administration) offering the student challenge. Sallie Cunningham ’95, a current C-SC trustee, will provide the keynote at the 12:30 p.m. ceremony and Kaitlyn Conaway ’21 (B.A. Education and Theatre) will provide the student reflection. The final ceremony of the day will feature The Honorable David Mobley ’83 providing accolades to the graduates with Cheyenne Grissom ’21(B.S. Criminal Justice and Psychology) providing the student address.

On Sunday, May 16 at 12:30 p.m. C-SC is pleased to welcome back the class of 2020, honoring the 164th commencement ceremony and celebrate the 209 degrees that were conferred in May 2020. Commencement activities will resume in the Charles Field House and be led by Dr. Kelly M. Thompson, President Emerita, with a student reflection provided by Madison Eisenberg ’20, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management.

C-SC has worked diligently to provide both graduating classes with the celebration and recognition that they deserve, amidst a global pandemic. Graduates are limited to four guests, arranged in pod-style seating to maintain social distancing guidelines. Each ceremony will be available for live streaming; links are available at

On Thursday, May 13, the board of trustees will host a reception honoring the graduating class as they make their transition to becoming alumni. At that time, the class of 2021 will present their senior gift to the College, lights in the iconic C-SC dome, to be dedicated by President Palmer.

Baccalaureate is scheduled for Friday, May 14 at 5:30 p.m., to be held in the Charles Field House. This event is closed to the public but will be available for live streaming. More information regarding all commencement activities can be found at

Contact the Marketing & Public Relations Office, at or 573-288-6000 ext. 6728 for more information.

NOTE: A number that appears immediately after a person’s name (i.e. Jane Doe ’18) is a reference to the year that person earned their bachelor’s degree from Culver-Stockton.

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