The SFCC Class of 2024 Spring Commencement Ceremony took place on May 17, 2024. The ceremony is available via live stream on the SFCC YouTube Channel.

James L. Mathewson Exhibition Center*
Missouri State Fairgrounds
2503 W. 16th Street
Sedalia, MO 65301

May Commencement

The May Commencement Ceremony starts promptly at 7 PM. The ceremony will also be available via live stream at


James L. Mathewson Exhibition Center
Missouri State Fairgrounds
2503 W. 16th Street
Sedalia, MO 65301


Reserved accessible seating is available in sections 103 and 104 on the main level. Family members may use sections 101, 102, 103, or 104.
Public seating will not be available on the arena floor.


Restrooms are located at sections 109, 113, 114, and 118.


If you or your guest need wheelchair accessible seating please contact the President’s office at (660) 596-7222 by the beginning of May. Accessible seating is limited and reservations are encouraged.

Accessible parking is available in the designated parking area on the south side of the Mathewson Exhibition Center.

Before the Ceremony

  • Doors open one hour prior to ceremony.
  • Candidates should begin lining up single file alphabetically by program in the Lowell Mohler Assembly Hall beginning 30 minutes before the ceremony. Assistants will organize the lineup and count off rows.
  • Please have all personal needs taken care of before the ceremony begins and plan to attend the entire time as certificates and degrees will not be conferred until the end.
  • Silence your cell phone before the procession begins.
  • You will not be allowed to carry anything with you during the procession. A pinning and commencement program will be on your seat containing all of the ceremony details.

During the Ceremony

  • The board of trustees, administration and faculty will lead the students in.
    Walk slowly down the aisle, one arm’s length behind the person in front of you. When you reach your seat, face the podium and remain standing. Stand as the National Anthem is sung and then be seated.
  • All of the certificates and degrees will be recognized and conferred individually by groups (you will be asked to rise as they are conferred and then be seated). The individual who will read your name will have your reader card when it is your turn to walk across the stage. If you have a concern about the correct pronunciation of your name please notify the announcer. Then walk (no dancing, running or other gestures) across the stage and shake hands with the president. You will receive an empty diploma cover. Your program director will present you with your pin.
  • Your picture will be taken two times: Once when you are shaking hands with the president and again when you exit the stage through the faculty congratulatory line and then return to your seat and be seated.
  • Once all of the candidates have received their diploma covers, the president will ask you to stand and move your tassel to the left and then be seated.

After the Ceremony

The recession will begin with the platform guests, then faculty and professional staff will exit. Candidates will then be cued to rise one row at a time to exit. Exit into the aisle and leave in pairs at a ‘brisk’ pace. File through the Lowell Mohler Assembly hallway and use the exit stairs to access the main level to meet your family and friends for a reception hosted by the SFCC Foundation. Keep the exits clear so the candidates after you can exit without holding up the line.

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