MSSU 75th Anniversary 1937-2012

75th Anniversary Celebration

Welcome to the Missouri Southern State University 75th Anniversary website.

The University celebrated its final event of the year-long anniversary observance with a Gala on Thursday, May 23, 2013.

During the past year thousands of alumni, supporters, faculty, staff and students participated in special events designed to celebrate the growth and development of MSSU, including its contributions to the cultural and economic vitality of the communities served by the University.

The University now turns toward the next quarter of a century and looks forward to celebrating 100 years during the 2037-2038 academic year. 

Alumni Survey

As we plan events, activities, exhibits and start to collect histories of faculty, staff and alumni, we want your input to make the 75th anniversary of Missouri Southern State University as rich and diverse as possible.

Share your memories at Missouri Southern by completing this survey for the Alumni Association. Did you marry your college sweetheart? Where did you hang out? What years did you attend Joplin Junior College, Missouri Southern State College, or Missouri Southern State University? Share these and other fond memories of your experiences that may be used in print publications and on our website.

Tell us about relationships with your fellow students or professors that changed your life; stories about clubs and Greek life; or how your MSSU experience stayed with you in your career or personal life. Please submit your memories, either written or photographic, and contact information and help us begin to celebrate 75 years of learning, service, growth and lots of fun!


Time passes quickly! From MSSU's roots in 1937 as Joplin Junior College in a shared facility with the Joplin School District  to today's expansive 373-acre campus and nearly 6,000 students, 75 years has passed in a flash. While Missouri Southern is still consider a "young" institution in the State of Missouri and the nation's higher education family, it has grown rapidly from its junior college birth to its comprehensive and high quality academic programs offered today. Read more of our history. And, if you have other historical tidbits you feel should be shared, please send those to 75thanniversary@mssu.edu.

75th Anniversary Mission

The purpose of the 75th Anniversary Celebration Steering Committee was to provide leadership and planning for the 75th Anniversary celebration of Missouri Southern State University. The Committee was successful in providing a fun-filled academic year (’12-’13) of activities and events that celebrated our pride in MSSU’s history, people, and traditions that tell the story of its remarkable growth since its founding in 1937.


The goals of the 75th Anniversary Celebration Steering Committee were to highlight the achievements of the University, to celebrate the growth and the success of Missouri Southern State University and its Alumni, and to engage communities and region served by MSSU in a series of events and initiatives that began in August 2012 through the end of the 2012-2013 academic year. Events included a combination of academic presentations and lectures; gatherings and reunions for alumni, friends and supporters; athletic contests; cultural performances and exhibitions and student celebrations.