CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - It's the biggest graduating class ever at Southeast Missouri State, meaning the most family and friends to come to Cape Girardeau.
Southeast will had 1,322 graduates getting their degrees at the Show Me Center at 2 p.m.
Governor Jay Nixon delivered the commencement address.
Twenty-one undergrad students with a perfect 4.0 grade point average were honored during the ceremony.
Most hotels said Friday they were filling up fast, if they're not already sold out. But, some hotels in Cape Girardeau and Jackson said they did have room left if you still need to book.
Cape Girardeau Police Officer Darin Hickey said they are aware of potential traffic issues, and are ready for anything. He said they have extra officers on duty Friday and Saturday, but he said that's not because of Southeast Missouri State's graduation, he said they have extra officers on some days in warmer months.
Hickey suggested people to watch out for "No Parking" and "No Trespassing" signs, because he said they will issue citations if violated.
Some homeowners in the area said their streets usually get busy due to graduation parties, so watch out for parked cars on residential roads.
Businesses near the Show-Me Center said sometimes people will park in their lots when they're not supposed to, and that can be frustrating for the businesses. But most owners said they're pretty lax about it during graduation weekend.
SIU in Carbondale had 3,480 graduates getting their degrees in three ceremonies at 9 a.m. , 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Murray State had 1363 graduates getting their degrees at the CFSB Center at 10 a.m. The MSU commencement can be viewed on their Ustream channel.