As you are nearing the end of your time at Ozarks Technical Community College, let us be the first to offer congratulations on reaching this milestone in your education.  We look forward to seeing you at the Commencement ceremony, to be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, 2016, at JQH Arena on the Missouri State University campus.  All graduates from summer 2015, fall 2015, spring 2016 and those qualifying for summer 2016 are welcome to participate.

Please complete the Graduation Process. You must apply to graduate and if required for your program of study, take the exit assessment in order to receive your diploma or transfer to another institution.

On the day of the ceremony, all students intending to walk should report to the main floor of Hammons Student Center by 5 p.m. If you expect to require any assistance on the day of the ceremony, please contact Julia Edwards in Disability Support Services by emailing or calling (417) 447-8188.

Students who choose to participate in the commencement ceremony need to contact the OTC bookstore for their caps, gowns and graduation announcements. The OTC bookstore is located just west of the Information Commons West on the Springfield campus; the phone number is (417) 447-6620.  Please read and complete the care instructions for your gown prior to commencement.

Please remember the proper dress for the commencement event:

  • Women – Please wear appropriate dress shoes for walking.  The floors are slick and the walk from Hammons to JQH Arena is a distance.
  • Men – Please wear a collared shirt, long pants, and closed shoes.
  • Leave purses, jackets, umbrellas and personal belongings in your vehicle.
  • Corsages, pins, scarves, etc. should not be worn on gowns.
  • Jeans are not appropriate dress for the commencement ceremony.
  • The tassel hangs from the right side of the cap.

Please remember to allow extra time to find parking on the day of the ceremony.  The parking garage will likely be the best place to easily find a parking place.  Graduates only are to report to Hammons Student Center; family and friends should go directly to JQH Arena.  Please leave all personal belongings with friends or family members before entering Hammons Student Center, as you will not be returning to that facility.

When you arrive at Hammons Student Center, you will be provided with a name card and directions for the procession.  At this time, professional photographers will begin taking posed photos in front of a backdrop which will only be available before the ceremony begins.  There will be a photograph taken of each graduate receiving his or her diploma during the ceremony.

Also, please note that the walk from the south side of Hammons Student Center to the new arena is quite long.  If you plan to walk, please choose your shoes carefully, bearing in mind both comfort and appropriate appearance for the occasion.  If any student anticipates a problem with the walk, please contact Julie Edwards at (417) 447-8195, and see the designated assistance table immediately upon arrival at Hammons Student Center.

GradImages is the official photographer for our Commencement. Proofs will be sent to your home and via email within three to five days after graduation. Pictures can be ordered online, by phone or by mail. Graduation Images can be contacted at 800-261-2576 or online at

All academic records are evaluated before diplomas are disbursed. Diplomas are mailed to graduates from the Registrar’s Office approximately six to eight weeks after the commencement ceremony is held. Transcripts verifying your degree/certificate are available approximately one week after the commencement ceremony.