Commencement From A-Z
Commencement Ceremonies Location:
UCM Multipurpose Building
500 S Washington St.
Warrensburg MO 64093
All 2015 Spring candidates are cordially invited to participate in Spring Commencement ceremonies being held Friday, May 08, 2015 and Saturday, May 09, 2015 in the Multipurpose Building. This web site contains extensive information about commencement, including a schedule of activities. If you have specific questions or just need more information, undergraduates should visit the Office of the Registrar in Ward Edwards 1000, call 660-543-4914 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Graduate Students should visit The Graduate School in Ward Edwards 1800, call 660-543-4621 or email email@example.com.
Commencement Schedule, Friday, May 08, 2015
Graduation candidates need to check their UCM Email accounts often. Important graduation information is sent to candidates throughout the semester. Information is also posted to MyCentral messages.
YOUR COLLEGE DETERMINES WHICH CEREMONY YOU ARE TO ATTEND.* Please note, not all BSE Programs are in the College of Education.
IMPORTANT: UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR NAME CARD TO THE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY
GRADUATE STUDENTS WILL PICK UP THEIR NAME CARD AT THE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY
9:00 a.m. ROTC Commissioning Ceremony & Reception (Hendricks Hall)
Military Science and Leadership
1:30 p.m. Nursing Recognition Ceremony (Hendricks Hall)
Nursing/College of Health Science & Technology
2:30 p.m. (Ceremony lasts approximately 90 minutes)
College of Health Science & Technology - Graduate
4:00-6:00 p.m. Honors College Reception (Union 237 A&B)
4:30 p.m. College of Health Science & Technology Reception (Union 240)
Graduate and Undergraduate Combined
6:30 p.m. (Ceremony lasts approximately 90 minutes)
College of Health Science & Technology - Undergraduate
Commencement Schedule, Saturday, May 09, 2015
9:00 a.m. (Ceremony lasts approximately 90 minutes)
College of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences - Graduate & Undergraduate Combined
General Studies - Undergraduate
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Honors College Reception (Union 237 A&B)
12:00 p.m. (Ceremony lasts approximately 90 minutes)
College of Education - Graduate & Undergraduate
Thrive - Undergraduate
3:00 p.m. (Ceremony lasts approximately 90 minutes)
Harmon College of Business & Professional Studies - Graduate & Undergraduate Combined
* Students pursuing an Individualized Major (not General Studies) should attend the ceremony with the college associated with their Individualized Major.
2015 Spring Commencement Ceremonies Guide (A to Z)
Frame Your Diploma
Getting to Campus
Graduating with Honors
Information for Parents and Guests
Interactive Map of Campus
Map of Warrensburg
Parking at Commencement
Schedule of Activities
The following is a list of some Warrensburg and surrounding area accommodations:
|Comfort Inn - Warrensburg Station
609 E. Russell Ave.
660-429-4848 or 800-228-5150
660-429-2400 or 800-329-7466
|Holiday Inn Express
626 E. Russell Ave.
660-747-3000 or 800-HOLIDAY
|Super 8 Motel
439 E. Russell Ave.
660-429-2183 or 800-800-8000
Knob Noster (10 Miles East of Warrensburg):
2340 W. Irish Ln.
Sedalia (28 Miles East of Warrensburg):
|Best Western State Fair Inn
3120 S. Limit Ave.
|Budget Host Super 7 Motel
5650 S. Limit Ave.
3600 W. Broadway Blvd.
Econo Lodge Truman Inn
3501 W. Broadway Blvd.
|Holiday Inn Express
4001 W. Broadway Blvd.
|Super 8 Motel
3402 W. Broadway Blvd.
Higginsville (15 Miles North of Warrensburg):
Super 8 Hotel
I-70 and Missouri Hwy 13 - Exit 49
All residence halls close at 6:00 p.m., Friday, May 8. Degree candidates living in the residence halls and participating in the Commencement Ceremony can make arrangements with their Assistant Director to stay in their rooms Friday evening and check out by 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. Arrangements must be made prior to Friday, May 8, 2015.
All apartments close at 6:00 p.m., Friday, May 8. Degree candidates living in Foster/Knox, Nickerson Apartments, Greenwood Park, Central Village, Todd Hall or Hawkins Hall may remain in their apartments until 1:00 p.m., Saturday, May 9.
For Spring 2015 graduation candidates, caps and gowns will be available for pick-up 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at the University Store beginning Monday, April 6. Picture ID is required.
The University Store will also be open 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. on graduation days, May 8-9, for cap and gown pick-up. For more information call the University Store at 660-543-4370 or 800-330-7698. Inquiries via e-mail can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graduation announcements can be purchased from 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 University Store on TBA. Inquiries via e-mail can be directed to email@example.com. You may also visit the University Store Graduation FAQs web page.
The Multipurpose Building (500 S Washington) will open for guests and participants 1 hour prior to the designated ceremony start times. Guests are encouraged to arrive at least 20 minutes before the start of the ceremony. Guest requiring special accommodations (wheelchairs, walkers, baby strollers, etc.) are encouraged to arrive earlier. Each ceremony lasts approximately 90 minutes. No tickets are required for guests. Candidates may invite as many guests as they would like to the ceremony.
Undergraduate candidates in academic regalia (caps and gowns) from the College of Health Science & Technology will assemble at 6:00 p.m. on the second floor of the Multipurpose Building on Friday, May 8. Undergraduate candidates in academic regalia (caps and gowns) from the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and General Studies will assemble at 8:30 a.m. on the second floor of the Multipurpose Building; the College of Education and THRIVE will assemble at 11:30 a.m.; the Harmon College of Business & Professional Studies will assemble at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 9.
Becoming an Alumnus
Congratulations! Your degree is your passport into the UCM Alumni Association. Welcome to the 86,000 strong Mule Family around the world. It's a powerful network! We are committed to being a resource to you as new alumni. Get connected through our UCM Alumni Association LinkedIn and Facebook pages, mobile app, monthly e-newsletter, website and UCM magazine. There are many benefits of staying connected, including Mule Nation regional alumni clubs, networking events, mentoring opportunities, recruiting potential students, and so much more. You are important to your alma mater. Please update your contact information at ucmo.edu/updatecontact. Contact us at 660-543-8000 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Student Today. Mule Forever!
Don't forget, after graduation Career Development Services is still here to assist you with all of your career development needs.
Please complete the online survey at www.ucmo.edu/gfs if you are:
- Employed (Full-Time, Part-Time, Temporary, Post-Bac Internship, Entrepreneur)
- Participating in a volunteer or service program
- Serving in the military
- Enrolled in a degree program of continuing education
For additional help or information, please call our office at 660-543-4985 or by email at email@example.com.
UCM diplomas are printed on 8.5" by 11" paper and are in the portrait orientation. Undergraduate diplomas include your degree name, major, and academic honors (if applicable). Diplomas do not include minors. Students are issued the only copy of their diploma, UCM does not keep copies.
Diplomas will be mailed approximately 6 to 8 weeks after grades are available to the diploma address you have on file with your application. 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. Undergraduate students that need to make necessary changes contact the Office of the Registrar in Ward Edwards Building, Room 1000. Please specify the address is for your diploma. Diploma address changes cannot be taken by telephone. Inquiries via e-mail can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you update your local or primary mailing address, your diploma address will not be changed. Graduate students please visit the graduate office in Ward Edwards Building, Room 1800 or by email at email@example.com to make any necessary diploma address changes.
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.
A great way to show your Central Missouri pride and to let the world know of your accomplishment is to frame your diploma. A variety of custom frames and mats are available from the University Store. UCM diplomas are printed on 8.5" by 11" paper and are in the portrait orientation. Prices start at just $41.88 for brass or silver finished frame. Shipping and handling charges apply to orders placed via the web or phone. Check the University Store web site for the complete assortment.
The address of the Multipurpose Building is 500 South Washington Street, Warrensburg, MO 64093.
Click here for driving directions to campus.
To be eligible for graduation with honors a student must have earned both
cumulative and Central Missouri grade point averages of 3.50.
Those with a cumulative and Central Missouri grade point average of 3.50 to 3.74 graduate Cum Laude; 3.75 to 3.84, Magna Cum Laude; and 3.85 and above, Summa Cum Laude. Both the cumulative and Central Missouri grade point averages must fall into the same grade category to qualify for that honors designation. Should the Central Missouri and cumulative GPAs be in different grade categories, the lower designation of honors will be recognized.
Designation of graduation with final honors is noted on the diploma and official transcript once semester grades are finalized.
At the commencement ceremony, students who qualify for graduation with honors* will be noted in the commencement program and will be recognized as they cross the stage. Candidates graduating with honors will wear medallions that are available for pick-up with the cap and gown in the University Store.
Summa Cum Laude: gold ribbons
Magna Cum Laude: red ribbons
Cum Laude: white
*Qualification for graduation with honors at the time of the ceremony is based on available grades up to that date and does not include final semester grades. Actual graduation with honors will not be determined until the final semester grades are calculated. If a student's honors classification changes after final grades are calculated, the student may exchange (or pick up) their honors ribbon in the bookstore.
How will I know if I have not met all my requirements for graduation?
It will be important that you monitor your UCM email account and MyCentral messages closely. When you apply for graduation an evaluation showing remaining degree requirements is emailed to candidates. A mid-semester check is done during your final semester and any deficiencies are emailed to candidates and posted in MyCentral Personal Announcements. At the end of the semester, a final check is done and any deficiencies are emailed, mailed, and posted in MyCentral Personal Announcements. Numerous additional informative emails are also sent to graduation candidates. It is the responsibility of the student to contact the Registrar's Office to be placed on a future graduation list if removed from the current graduation list due to deficiencies.
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. Make sure to arrive 30 minutes before your designated ceremony start time with your name card in hand.
Before meeting in the assembly area pick a place outside of the building to meet up with your guests. The recessional will lead graduates out of the building at one of the North exits.
How Long Does the Ceremony Last?
The ceremony will last approximately 90 minutes.
Where will I be seated on the auditorium floor?
Graduation candidates are seated in folding chairs on the floor of the auditorium. Students are grouped by college and are not in order by name, major, or department. There is no way to predict which side of the arena you will end up sitting on. Students will be released to cross the stage starting with those in the back of the room. Students walk up the right side of the auditorium, cross the stage, and walk back down the left side of the auditorium. Parents and guests will be able to get photos by sitting on any side of the auditorium.
How many guests may I bring to Commencement?
You can invite as many people as you like to the ceremony. There is no limit and tickets are not required.
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?
Candidates graduating with academic honors will wear medallions that are available for pick-up with the cap and gown in the University Store. The level of academic honors is based on your current grade point averages, both cumulative and UCM GPAs are considered. The lowest GPA will be used to determine academic honors. This will not include grades from your final semester.
Academic honors will be announced as your name is read when you cross the stage at the ceremony and are listed in the Commencement Program. Academic honors also will be on your transcript and diploma.
Cum Laude (3.50 – 3.74) - White ribbons
Magna Cum Laude (3.75 - 3.84) - Red ribbons
Summa Cum Laude (3.85 – 4.00) - Gold ribbons
What about cords/sashes for other honors or organizations?
Students who are part of the Honors College, other honorary societies, and Greek organizations may wear cords/sashes granted to them by these groups. These may be obtained directly through the group and are not available for pick up at the bookstore.
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 time frame when diplomas will be mailed out (6 to 8 weeks after the ceremony). 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 Spring ceremony?
Yes, since there is no summer ceremony, students listed as candidates for summer graduation are eligible to "walk-early" in the Spring ceremonies. Degrees for summer candidates will not be conferred until all degree requirements have been met.
Each degree candidate must pay a non-refundable graduation fee. The graduation fee for candidates is $50. Graduation charges will be placed on accounts in November for Fall commencement; April for Spring commencement; and July for Summer commencement. The graduation fee applies whether or not a candidate participates in the ceremony or completes the degree. If a student fails to graduate, but then does so at a later semester, they will not be charged again.
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.
- Commencement Ceremonies are held in the UCM Multipurpose Building (500 S Washington St.). Doors open 1 hour prior to commencement start time.
- Tickets are not required for the Commencement Ceremony. Graduation candidates may invite as many guests as they like.
- Parking and seating for guests with special needs are available at the west end of the Multipurpose Building. 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 are 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.
The name card is the card a graduation candidate presents to the reader before crossing the stage at the commencement ceremony. Undergraduate name cards will be available to be picked up in the Registrar's Office (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) during the week of final exams (May 4-8) or in the Multipurpose Building on Saturday (May 9). Picture ID is required. This is how your name will appear on your diploma. Do not alter your name card. You must bring your name card to the ceremony. You must have this card with you to have your name read.
Graduate students may pick up their name card in the Multipurpose Building prior to their ceremony.
There is ample parking for the commencement ceremony around the Multipurpose Building (500 S Washington St.). 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.
To help preserve your memories of commencement, GradImages 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. GradImages can be contacted at 800-261-2576 and at firstname.lastname@example.org. Register with GradImages to ensure that your graduation proofs can be delivered to you in a timely manner. If you click "Pre-event Registration" you can register your email address and add addresses of family and friends that you would like to view the proofs.
Rented textbooks may be returned anytime during the semester to the University Store. During finals, returns will be accepted in the Sandra Temple Elliott Union Ballroom until 5:00 p.m. Friday, May 8. Textbooks will be accepted on Saturday, May 9, in the University Store. Returns will be subject to a $40 late fee per book. No returns will be accepted after Monday, May 11. Students will be charged the new replacement cost for the non-returned rental textbooks if the books have not been received by close of business on May 11, 2015.
Commissioning ceremony will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, May 8 in Hendricks Hall. A reception will follow for family, friends and guests in Union 240.
April 6 - May 9, 2015
- 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Academic regalia (cap and gown) distribution, University Store, Elliott Union 128. Picture ID is required.
- 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Graduation fees and/or other charges owed must be paid in the Office of Student Financial Services, Ward Edwards Building, Room 1100.
May 4-8, 2015
- Final Examinations
- Undergraduate name cards can be picked up in the Registrar's Office beginning May 4, 2015. Picture ID is required. Candidates will give these name cards to the reader as they cross the stage at the commencement ceremony. Name cards will also be available at the Multipurpose Building on Graduation Days, May 8-9, 2015.
May 8, 2015 (Friday)
- 9 a.m. - ROTC Commissioning ceremony in Hendricks Hall followed by a reception in Union 240
- 1:30 p.m. - Nursing Recognition Ceremony in Hendricks Hall
- 2:30 p.m. - Graduate Degree candidates from the College of Health, Science & Technology, in cap and gown, assemble in assigned area. (See Assembly Areas.)
- 6 p.m. - Undergraduate Degree candidates from the College of Health, Science & Technology, in cap and gown, assemble in assigned area. (See Assembly Areas.)
- 5 p.m. - Deadline for checking in textbooks.
- 6 p.m. - All residence halls close.
May 9, 2015 (Saturday)
- 8 a.m. - Elliott Union opens. Information for visitors and graduates, as well as a lost and found center, will be available at the Information Desk.
- 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Academic regalia (cap and gown) distribution, University Store, Elliott Union 128. Name cards are available at the Multipurpose Building.
- 9 a.m. - Food service available, Elliott Union.
- 8 a.m. - Multipurpose Building doors open for participants and guests.
- 8:30 a.m. - Degree candidates from the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and General Studies Majors, in cap and gown, assemble in assigned areas. (See Assembly Areas.)
- 10 a.m. - Commencement processional begins, Multipurpose Building. Late arrivals report to the Multipurpose Building Front Office.
- 11 a.m. - Department of Nursing Pinning ceremony at Hendricks Hall
- 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - The Honors College/Nursing reception, Elliott Union 236, 238, 240.
- 1 p.m. - Multipurpose Building doors open for participants and guests.
- 1:30 p.m. - Degree candidates from the College of Health, Science, and Technology and the College of Education, in cap and gown, assemble in assigned areas. (See Assembly Areas.)
- 2 p.m. - Commencement processional begins, Multipurpose Building. (Late arrivals report to the Multipurpose Building Front Office.)
Students or guests with special needs will find accessible parking at the west end of the Multipurpose building parking lot. If you need a wheelchair to better enjoy the program, it is advised that you bring one with you. Most communities have a place to rent or borrow a wheelchair, such as disability programs, churches or service organizations (VFW, etc.).
Wheelchair seating and space for one companion is available along the first row of the south bleachers accessed by a ramp at each end and on the mezzanine level of the north bleachers accessed by an elevator in the east hallway.
The first three rows of seats on the north side are reserved for persons with disabilities and one companion. There is not space for families to sit together in this area unless they want to sit on the fourth row. We recommend you arrive early as this seating does fill. There is space to store walkers at each end of this seating while you enjoy the program.
Persons who are deaf or have low vision and one companion may want to sit at the west end of these seats to be close to the ASL sign language interpreters and to the presenters on the stage.
Assistive listening devices and programs in large print and Braille are available at each end of the seating.
Please contact Accessibility Services for additional information at: 660-543-4421 or email@example.com.
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.
- Dress comfortably but appropriately. Don't add anything "extra" to your academic costume. Members of Phi Kappa Phi are allowed to wear white ribbons with blue lettering medallions. Members of The Honors College are allowed to wear gold cords that are distributed by the Dean of The Honors college prior to the day of Commencement. Members of Mortar Board, Tassels Chapter, wear a black and gold pin. Members of various recognized student associations can wear distinctive collars or cords that are distributed by their sponsors. Candidates graduating with honors will wear medallions that are available for pick up with the cap and gown in the University Store. Academic honors are announced as candidates cross the stage.
- 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.
- The mortar board rests squarely on the top of the head, forward enough for the point of the cap to extend about halfway down the forehead, with the tassel on your left. Remember this as you style your hair.
- 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 purse with family or friends.
- Wear comfortable dress shoes.
- Programs are provided for participants at their seats.