Twenty-four women are expected to don their caps and gowns, walk across the stage, and receive their diplomas in Stephens College’s first formal December graduation ceremony on Sunday. The ceremony, which begins at 11 a.m., features keynote speaker Vicki Russell, associate publisher of the Columbia Daily Tribune and member of the Stephens College Board of Trustees, and will be followed by a complimentary brunch.
Before this year, graduating from Stephens College in December meant no cap and gown and no traditional walk across the stage. Instead, the ceremony was a reception, often featuring speakers and musical entertainment, and graduates were invited to participate in commencement the following May, said Sarah Berghorn, public relations manager for Stephens College.
But on Sunday, December graduates will have their own commencement ceremony. “Over the past couple of years, we’ve tried to make (December commencement) more formalized at the graduates’ request,” Berghorn said.
Almost 30 degrees altogether will be conferred, Berghorn said.
What: Stephens College commencement
When: Sunday, December 9, 11 a.m.
Where: Kimball Ballroom of Lela Raney Wood Hall, 6 N. College Ave.
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