COMMENCEMENT DATES & DEADLINES
Prior to applying for graduation run a copy of your Central Degree Audit (available in MyCentral, in the Records and Registration tab) to make sure that it is "clean.” If the audit is showing courses or requirements that are not yet met, but you think you have met them, work with your Success Advisor or Faculty Mentor before applying for graduation.
Students should apply for graduation one semester before they intend to graduate, after they have enrolled in courses for their final semester. It is NOT recommended to apply for graduation during your final semester, as it is then too late to adjust your schedule in case you are missing requirements.
Students seeking spring or summer graduation should apply in October after signing up for spring semester classes. Students seeking fall semester graduation should apply in March/April after signing up for fall semester classes.
To be included in the printed commencement program students must apply for graduation prior to March 24, 2023. Other deadlines can be found on the Academic Calendar in the current undergraduate/graduate catalogs.
Undergraduate students who started at UCM prior to the Summer 2020 semester (Spring 2020 or earlier) and who completed their degree in four years (transfer work included) might be eligible to receive the "15 to Finish" scholarship during their final semester at UCM. Students must have been enrolled full time (at least 12 hours) each fall and spring semester with no breaks in enrollment. Questions about this scholarship can be directed to the Student Financial Services Office at 660-543-8266. To be considered for this scholarship, students must apply for graduation in MyCentral by the following deadlines:
Apply online by clicking on the link in MyCentral in the "Records and Registration" tab, middle column.
Make sure to list your name on the Graduation Application as you want it to appear on your diploma. Think about how/if you want your middle name or middle initial listed. If desired, include any suffixes such as Jr. or II.
Make sure that the diploma address that you list will be active one-two months after your graduation date for the mailing of your diploma. You will have multiple opportunities to update this address as the diploma mailing time approaches.
You will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org 2-3 weeks after applying for graduation with the results of your application. All students who have completed a Graduation Application will be placed on the appropriate graduation list. The Graduation Application will show you the semester you have been approved for (this may differ from the semester you applied for!) and will list out any remaining requirements. Please review this form carefully.
If necessary, make any adjustments in your scheduled coursework. All requirements must be met before a degree will be conferred. This includes departmental substitutions, “U” removals, thesis, portfolios, comprehensive exams, any in-progress transfer course work, listings of departmentally approved major electives, and all other deficiencies.
If you have questions about your graduation review, contact the Office of the Registrar in Ward Edwards 1000 at 660-543-4900 or email@example.com.
During your graduation semester, you will be billed the non-refundable $50 graduation fee. This fee applies to all graduates, even if you choose not to participate in the actual ceremony. If you must delay your graduation after the fee has been charged, you will not be billed again in future semesters.
During your final semester, the Registrar’s Office will periodically send you information about graduation beginning about two months before the commencement ceremony. All of this information is delivered via the @ucmo.edu email account. Make sure that you are checking this email account every few days until you have received your UCM diploma (6-8 weeks after the ceremony).
Candidates planning to participate in the commencement ceremony may pick up a cap and gown (and hood if applicable) at the University Store at the Crossing (660-543-4370) approximately two months before graduation. Picture ID and the Regalia Order Form from MyCentral are required.
Name cards (the card you present to the reader at the ceremony) will be available for pick-up during Finals Week in the Registrar's Office (Ward Edwards 1000). Students who are unable to pick up their name card during that week may get them at the commencement ceremony.
You can find out information about the ceremony here. This site is typically updated three months before the ceremony. You may direct other questions to the Office of the Registrar in Ward Edwards 1000 at 660-543-4900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Undergraduate students who started at UCM prior to the Summer 2020 semester (Spring 2020 or earlier) and who completed their degree in four years (transfer work included) might be eligible to receive the "15 to Finish" scholarship during their final semester at UCM. Questions about this scholarship can be directed to the Student Financial Services Office at 660-543-8266. To be considered for this scholarship, students must apply for graduation in MyCentral by the following deadlines: April 15: for fall (December) graduates; November 15: for spring (May) and summer (August) graduates.
Office of the Registrar & Student Records
Ward Edwards 1000
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Tel: (660) 543 - 4900
Fax: (660) 543 - 8400