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Commencement - Graduate

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Deadlines at a glance:

Spring 2015

February 27, 2015- Spring graduation application packet and appeals to walk early/late due from the student to the adviser.

March 6, 2015 - Spring graduation application packte and appeals to walk early/late from the adviser to the Graduate School.

Spring 2015 Graduation Deadline Sheet

Summer 2015

June 5 2015- Summer graduation application packet and appeals to walk early/late due from the student to the adviser.

June 12, 2015 - Summer graduation application packte and appeals to walk early/late from the adviser to the Graduate School.

Summer 2015 Graduation Deadline Sheet


Commencement From A-Z

Commencement Ceremonies Location:

UCM Multipurpose Building
500 S Washington St
Warrensburg MO 64093

 If you have specific questions or just need more information, please visit Graduate Studies in Ward Edwards 1800, call 660-543-4621 or email

Graduation candidates need to check their UCM email account often. Important graduation information is sent to candidates throughout the semester.

Commencement Ceremony Guide (A to Z)

Accommodations for Family and Guests

Acquire Caps and Gowns


Assembly Areas

Becoming an Alumnus

Career Services


Getting to Campus

Graduation FAQ

Graduation Fee

Graduation Photos

Information for Parents and Guests

Interactive Map of Campus

Map of Warrensburg

Name Cards

Parking at Commencement

Special Needs



Accommodations for Family and Guests

The following is a list of some Warrensburg and surrounding area accommodations:

Warrensburg Accommodations:

Comfort Inn - Warrensburg Station
609 E. Russell Ave.
660-429-4848 or 800-228-5150

Days Inn
204 Cleveland
660-429-2400 or 800-329-7466

Holiday Inn Express
626 E. Russell Ave.
660-747-3000 or 800-HOLIDAY

Rodeway Inn
403 E. Russell Ave.
660-747-5125 or 877-99-MULES

Super 8 Motel
439 E. Russell Ave.
660-429-2183 or 800-800-8000

Knob Noster (Just 10 Miles East of Warrensburg):

Econo Lodge
2340 W. Irish Ln.


Best Western State Fair Inn
3120 S. Limit Ave.

Budget Host Super 7 Motel
5650 S. Limit Ave.

Clarion Collection Hotel
103 E. 4th St

Comfort Inn
3600 W. Broadway Blvd.

Georgetown Inn
22166 Hwy. H

Holiday Inn Express
4001 W. Broadway Blvd.

Ramada Inn
3501 W. Broadway Blvd.

Super 8 Motel
3402 W. Broadway Blvd.

Acquire Caps and Gowns

Spring graduation candidates who intend to participate in the commencement ceremony may pick up caps and gowns beginning April 6, 2015.  These will be available for pick-up 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday (until graduation day), at the University Store.  Picture ID is required. 

The University Store will also open at 8 a.m. on graduation day for cap and gown pick-up.  For more information call the University Store at 660-543-4370 or 800-330-7698.  Inquiries via email can be directed to


Graduation announcements can be purchased from the University Store. Information can be obtained by calling 660-543-4370 or 800-330-7698 or through the University Store in Elliott Union, Room 128. Jostens' representatives will be at the University Store. Inquiries via e-mail can be directed to  You may also visit the University Store Graduation FAQs web page. 


Assembly Areas

The Multipurpose Building will open for guests and participants 2 hours before the ceremony begins for student lineup. The ceremony lasts approximately 90 minutes. Tickets will not be required for guests of the graduate.



As a UCM graduate, you are eligible to become a Cambium Society Member. Cambium Society Members are individuals that are proud of their roots at UCM and pledge to support UCM for the first ten years after they graduate. These individuals will be invited to special networking and society events as well as other benefits and recognition. Those graduates wanting to be recognized in the graduation program must sign up as Cambium Society Members prior to Wednesday November 7th. For more information about becoming a Cambium Society Member email

Becoming an Alumnus

When you graduate, you become an official University of Central Missouri alumnus and a member of the UCM Alumni Association. As such, you become part of a network of more than 85,000 UCM alumni living throughout the world. The UCM Alumni Association keeps you in touch, with reunion dates, regional events, Homecoming, and other special activities sponsored throughout the year. By staying in contact with UCM through email or our web site, you can stay up to date regarding news about the university and your fellow alumni. You'll also receive the UCM alumni quarterly publication, Today.

Career Services

We recommend that all degree candidates register with the Office of Career Services in Elliott Union, Room 302. Registration workshops are held weekly. You can obtain a schedule of workshops by visiting the Office of Career Services or by going to For information, call 660-543-4985. Inquiries via e-mail can be directed to



Diplomas will be mailed approximately 6 to 8 weeks after grades are available to the diploma address you have on file with your application in the Registrar's Office. The address you indicated must be good for that time frame. Diplomas will not be forwarded by the Post Office. This address is only used to mail your diploma. To make necessary changes contact the Office of the Registrar in Ward Edwards Building, Room 1000. Diploma address changes cannot be taken by telephone. Inquiries via e-mail can be directed to If you update your local or primary mailing address, your diploma address will not be changed.

If you move to an address other than the one on file in the Registrar's Office and fail to notify the Registrar's Office, we cannot guarantee you will receive your diploma. A fee is required before a duplicate diploma will be ordered.


Getting to Campus

Click here for driving directions to campus.

Graduation FAQ's

How will I know if I have not met all my requirements for graduation?

The Office of Graduate Studies will notify your advisor of any problems/issues surrounding the completion of your graduate degree. Additionally, a letter will be sent to your diploma address and an email will be sent to your UCM student email account with notification that your degree requirements have not been met.

Is there a graduation rehearsal?

No, but you will receive instructions during the procession/line-up on the second floor of the multi-purpose building prior to the ceremony on how to proceed and where you will be seated.

How many guests may I bring to Commencement?

Tickets are not required, there will be no limit per participating graduate.

What if my name is hard to pronounce?

You can write it out phonetically above your printed name on your name card. You can also pronounce your name for the reader when you hand the reader your name card.

Are there cords for those graduating with academic honors?

No, graduate students do not receive cords for graduating with honors.

What if I am not attending the ceremony?

If you are not attending the ceremony you will not need to notify anyone. You will need to be sure that your diploma address is a good address for the timeframe when diplomas will be mailed out. The diploma address is on file in the Registrar's Office. The graduation fee applies whether or not a candidate participates in the ceremony.

Does participating in the ceremony mean that I graduated?

No, all those who participate in the ceremony are candidates for graduation. We do not have final grades at the time of the commencement ceremonies to determine if all degree requirements have been met.

I won't actually graduate until the summer session. Can I still participate in the Fall ceremony?

Yes, since there is no summer ceremony, students listed as candidates for summer graduation are eligible to "walk-late" in the Fall ceremonies. Degrees for summer candidates will not be conferred until all degree requirements have been met.


Graduation Fees

Each degree candidate must pay a non-refundable graduation fee. The graduation fee for graduate candidates is $50. Graduation charges will be placed on accounts when you apply for graduation. The graduation fee applies whether or not a candidate participates in the ceremony.

All charges must be paid before a transcript or diploma will be issued. Charges may be paid in the Office of Student Financial Services, Ward Edwards Building, Room 1100, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. M-F, with cash, check or credit card. Payment may be made online. Or, if you prefer, your payment may be mailed to the Office of Student Financial Services. Please call 660-543-8266 if you have any questions


Information for Parents and Guests

  • Tickets are not required for the Commencement Ceremony.
  • Parking and seating for guests with special needs is available, but please arrive early for these services.
  • Guests are not permitted in the graduate seating area on the main floor of the auditorium.
  • Graduation candidates do not have assigned seating on the floor, so there is no way to know where your student will be seated.
  • Guests are to remain seated during the entire ceremony.
  • Taking pictures and videotaping is allowed, but tripods and monopods are not permitted. Cameras must be battery-operated.
  • Guests are asked not to block the aisles or view of other guests.
  • Hats are not allowed to be worn during the ceremony.


Interactive Map of Campus

Map of Warrensburg


Name Cards

Name cards will be picked up by each student participating in the commencement ceremony at the Multi-Purpose building before heading to the line-up area.  The designated name card station will be located on the first level of the Multi-Purpose building. (The name card will be read as you walk across the stage to be hooded) 


Parking at Commencement

There is ample parking for the commencement ceremony around the Multipurpose Building. Guests may also park in any other campus parking lot (student and faculty lots) or on Warrensburg city streets, as permitted.

Parking spaces will be marked for special needs guests at the west side entrance of the Multipurpose Building.

See our parking map for locations of parking lots on campus.  


Graduation Photos

To help preserve your memories of commencement, Grad Images will take professional photos of each candidate during the ceremony.  You will deal directly with the studio regarding this service. You will receive a free passport-sized digital proof of your photo on an order card within 5 to 7 days following the ceremony.  You are not obligated to purchase any of these photos. If you pre-register online you will receive order details within 72 hours after commencement. You will also receive a $5 discount on any photo order over $25. Grad Images can be contacted at 800-424-3686.  Register with Grad Images to ensure that your graduation proofs can be delivered to you in a timely manner.


Special Needs

Students or guests with special needs will find handicap parking at the west end of the Multi-Purpose building parking lot. Wheelchair seating and space for one companion is available along the mezzanine level of the north bleachers, and along the first row of south bleachers in the arena.  The first three rows of seats on the north side are reserved for persons with disabilities and one companion; there is insufficient space for families to sit together in this area.  We recommend you arrive early as this seating does fill. Persons who are deaf or have low vision may want to sit at the west end of these seats to be close to the sign language interpreter and to the presenters on the stage.  Assistive listening devices and programs in large print and Braille are also available at each end of the seating.  Please contact Accessibility Services for additional information at:  660-543-4421 or


Looking your best and conducting yourself in a manner appropriate to the decorum of this time-honored ceremony are ways you can show pride in your accomplishment. Here are some tips to help make your Commencement Day special:

  • Invite all your friends and family. This is a time for sharing.
  • Make arrangements to meet your family and friends at a specified location after the ceremony, perhaps at your car or somewhere in the parking lot.  Finding them may be difficult after the ceremony.
  • Participate in everything. There are a number of receptions and other activities in addition to the Commencement Ceremony.
  • Dress comfortably but appropriately. Don't add anything "extra" to your academic costume.
  • Be sure someone brings a camera for pictures before and after the ceremony. Forget all the silly stuff like the beach balls and water pistols. Even if you don't personally care about preserving the dignity and decorum of the Commencement ceremony, don't spoil it for those who are proud of their accomplishment.
  • Moving the tassel from right to left upon graduation, common at high school ceremonies, is not part of the ceremony at Central Missouri. The tassel stays on the left at all times.
  • At UCM, faculty and staff add colorful hoods that attach in the front, drape the shoulders and extend halfway down the back. The colors indicate various academic disciplines and institutions.
  • Men should wear a dress shirt and tie. Although some consider the ties optional, the shirt collar and tie are visible at the throat of the gown. A suit or sport coat is certainly appropriate, but a coat may be too warm for comfort. If that's the case, leave your coat with family or friends during the ceremony so you have it available for other activities before and after Commencement.
  • Most women prefer to wear a dress, suit or skirt and blouse, although dress slacks are also appropriate. Try to choose a dress or skirt with a hemline that does not extend below the gown.
  • Leave your handbag with family or friends.
  • Wear comfortable dress shoes.