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Registrar & Student Records

Ward Edwards 1000
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660.543.4900
Fax: 660.543.8400

General Information About Commencement

Commencement Ceremonies Location:

UCM Multipurpose Building
500 S Washington St.
Warrensburg MO 64093

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 Graduate students should visit The Graduate School in Ward Edwards 1800, call 660-543-4621 or email

Accommodations for Family and Guests
Announcements and College Ring Sales
Assembly Areas
Becoming an Alumnus

Career Services
Frame Your Diploma
Getting to Campus
Graduation FAQ
Graduation Fees
Information for Parents and Guests
Interactive Map of Campus
Map of Warrensburg
Name Cards
Parking at Commencement

Residence Hall Information
Returning Books
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

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

Cena's Nook Bed & Breakfast 110 East Hale Lake Road, 660-624-1925



Knob Noster (10 Miles East of Warrensburg):

Econo Lodge
2340 W. Irish Ln.
611 Hillcrest Dr.
Book online


Sedalia (28 Miles East of Warrensburg):

Best Western State Fair Inn
3120 S. Limit Ave.
Budget Host Super 7 Motel
5650 S. Limit Ave.
Comfort Inn
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


Announcements and College Ring Sales

Graduation announcements can be purchased from the University Store-The Crossing. Information can be obtained by calling 660-543-4227. Jostens' representatives will be at the University Store-The Crossing in March and April for spring commencement and November 2-3, 2015 for fall commencement. Inquiries via e-mail can be directed to  You may also visit the the Jostens website and order online.

Assembly Areas

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.

Becoming an Alumnus

Congratulations! Your degree is your passport into official alumni status. 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 LinkedIn and Facebook pages, Alumni Advisor Network, mobile app, monthly e-newsletter, website and award-winning 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 stay in contact by sharing your most recent information at Contact us at 660-543-8000 or at Student Today. Mule Forever!

Career Services

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 if you are:

For additional help or information, please call our office at 660-543-4985 or by email at


UCM diplomas are printed on 8.5" by 11" paper and are in the portrait orientation. 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 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. Please specify the address is for your diploma. 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.

Frame Your Diploma

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-The Crossing.  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.

Getting to Campus

The address of the Multipurpose Building is 500 South Washington Street, Warrensburg, MO 64093.

Click here for driving directions to campus.

Graduation FAQ

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 at least 30 minutes prior to your 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 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.

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 in August.

Graduation Fees

Each degree candidate must pay a non-refundable graduation fee. The graduation fee is $50. Graduation charges will be placed on accounts in April for Spring candidates, July for Summer candidates, and in November for Fall candidates. 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 also be made online or be mailed to the Office of Student Financial Services. Please call 660-543-8266 if you have any questions.

Information for Parents and Guests

Commencement Ceremonies are held in the UCM Multipurpose Building (500 S Washington St). Doors will open 1 hour prior to the commencement start time.

Interactive Map of Campus

Map of Warrensburg

Name Cards

The name card is the card a graduation candidate presents to the reader before crossing the stage at the commencement ceremony. 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.

Graduate students may pick up their name card in the Multipurpose Building prior to their ceremony.

Undergraduate name cards will be available for pick up in the Registrar's Office (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) during the week of final exams or in the Multipurpose Building prior to your ceremony. Picture ID is required.

Parking at Commencement

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.  

Graduation Photos

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  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.

Residence Hall Information

All residence halls close at 6:00 p.m. on the Friday of the first commencement ceremony. 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.

All apartments close at 6:00 p.m. on the Friday of the first commencement ceremony. 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, the last day of commencement ceremonies.

Returning Books

Rented textbooks may be returned anytime during the semester to the University Store.  During finals, rental returns will be accepted at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center until 4 p.m. Textbooks will be accepted starting December 6-11 from 7:30 to 4 p.m. at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center for buyback.  Returns will be subject to a $45 late fee per book.  No returns will be accepted after Monday, December 14, 2015 in the Fall or Monday, May 9, 2016 in the Spring.  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 Monday, December 14, 2015 in the Fall or Monday, May 9, 2016 in the Spring.

Special Needs

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 in 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


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: