Commencement in the spring was divided into four separate ceremonies, one for each college. Two were held on Friday evening and two on Saturday morning. University officials said the change is a reflection of the ways PSU has grown and developed over the years.

The ability of John Lance Arena to accommodate commencement safely and comfortably has been a driving factor in several decisions to change commencement over the years.

A campus wide committee led by Dr. Bill Ivy, dean of enrollment management and student success, planned the new commencement structure.

“Pittsburg State’s commencement ceremony has changed many times over the life of the university,” Ivy said. “These changes reflect the growth and maturation of the university over time. This year’s changes are a response to the university’s growth and we celebrate that.”

Ivy said an important aspect of PSU’s commencement ceremony is the individual recognition of each graduate.

“That personal recognition at commencement reflects the university’s commitment to the individual student throughout their academic career at Pittsburg State,” Ivy said. “It is important for us to preserve that.”