It will be important that you monitor your UCM email account 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. At the end of the semester, a final check is done and any deficiencies are emailed to the UCM account. In addition, an e-mail message is sent to all students who have been awarded their degree(s)/certificate(s).
Students should also review their Central Degree Audit in MyCentral to be sure that all remaining requirements are in progress.
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.
No, all those who participate in the ceremony are candidates for graduation. Final grades are not available at the time of the commencement ceremonies to determine if all degree requirements have been met. Final grades will show on transcripts and audits the Wednesday following the ceremony. The Registrar's Office then begins conferring degrees. This process takes a few weeks. Students will be notified by e-mail either confirming graduation or listing deficiencies.
Yes, since there is no summer ceremony, students listed as candidates for summer graduation are eligible to "walk-early" in the Spring ceremonies. There is no extra fee for this situation. Degrees for summer candidates will not be conferred until all degree requirements have been met in August. There is only one degree conferral date per term, so even if a student completes degree requirements earlier in the summer, degrees are not posted until the entire summer semester has ended.
Due to COVID-19, UCM must limit the number of guests that a student may invite. For the May 7-9, 2021 commencement ceremonies, students are limited to 7 guests each. Any person that requires a seat (including small children) count as a guest. Tickets are not required, but we do ask that all guests in a party arrive at the same time for group seating. Please remain at your car or outdoors until your entire party is ready for seating. Family groups will be socially distanced from one another and rows/spaces will be marked off to promote social distancing. Guests with mobility concerns are encourage to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the ceremony start time as accessible seating is limited.
Visitor letters are NOT required to obtain a visitor visa (B-2) to invite family and friends to your commencement ceremony.
However, if you would like to provide a letter as part of the visa application you may write your own using the template at this link: https://www.ucmo.edu/offices/graduate-and-international-student-services/internal-resources/student/visitor-letter-template-022020.docm.
Additional information about visitor visas may be found on the U.S. Department of State website: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/visit/visitor.html
Effective February 10, 2020, the University of Central Missouri (UCM) will no longer issue visitor visa letters, as the consulates do not require letters provided by the university for the processing of B-2 visitor visas. Guidance from immigration authorities states that universities should avoid becoming involved in visitor visa processing.
If you require proof of enrollment at UCM for your visitor visa application, you can print a copy of your current schedule from MyCentral from either the UCM Home tab (My Class Schedule in the center column), or your unofficial transcript or the Central Degree Audit from the Student Profile box in the Records/Registration page.
The Registrar’s Office will not provide enrollment verification letters because the documents listed above provide this information.
If you require proof that you have made a graduation application for your visitor visa application, you can print a copy of your graduation application review email that you received from email@example.com.
The title of this email will be something like: “700XXXXXX Fall 2020 Completed Graduation Application Review.” If you have misplaced this email, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org and include your full name and 700 number a note to resend your Completed Graduation Application Review email.
The Registrar’s Office will not provide graduation verification letters because the document listed above provides this information.
If you have not yet applied for graduation please do so now in MyCentral (located in the center column of the Records and Registration page, “Apply to Graduate.” It will take a few weeks to receive your completed graduation application review email. Please be patient.
No, but students will receive instructions via email a couple of weeks prior to the ceremony to let you know what to expect before, during, and after the ceremony. Faculty marshals will be available at the ceremony to let you know when to stand and how to cross the stage. Make sure to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your ceremony start time, dressed in your regalia.
Students are required to wear regalia at commencement ceremonies. The gowns for undergraduate and graduate students differ slightly and graduate students wear "hoods." Tassels are the same colors (red and black) for all students. Tassels are worn on the left side of your face and do not change position during the ceremony. Students should come dressed in regalia to the ceremony.
Graduate students should not wear their hoods (unless opting out of the hooding portion due to COVID-19 concerns) before the ceremony, but instead will carry their hoods over their left arms to the hooding station.
What does regalia include?
Undergraduate Students: cap, undergraduate gown, tassel
Graduate Students: cap, graduate gown, tassel is included. The hood is purchased separately for $25. Hoods are non-refundable unless returned in original, unopened packaging.
Students may pick up Regalia at the University Store at the Crossing during regular business hours starting Monday, March 22nd or may order their Regalia online. The University Store will be open the day of commencement for regalia pick-up, however it is strongly recommended that students do not wait until that day to get regalia.
If you have questions or need assistance please call the University Bookstore at the Crossing at 660-543-4229.
To be eligible for graduation with honors an undergraduate student must have earned both cumulative and Central Missouri grade point averages
of 3.50. *Graduate students are not recognized with honors.
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.
*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 at the University Store-The Crossing.
Undergraduate candidates graduating with academic honors will wear medallions that are available for pick-up with the cap and gown in the University Store-The Crossing. 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
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.
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.
For the May 2021 ceremonies, name cards will be placed on student's seats at the ceremony. For undergraduate ceremonies, seating will be in alphabetical order by last name. For graduate ceremonies, students will be divided by college/academic program and then by last name. The student seating area will be marked with signs to help you find your seat and faculty marshals will be there to assist you.
All residence halls close at 6 p.m. on the Friday of the first commencement ceremony. Degree candidates living in the residence halls and participating in the Commencement Ceremony are allowed to stay in their rooms Friday evening and check out by 2 p.m. on Saturday. Arrangements to check out with a Community Advisor (CA) must be made prior to Friday.
All apartments (excluding the Crossing) close at 6 p.m. on the Friday of the first commencement ceremony. Degree candidates living in Foster/Knox, Nickerson Apartments, Greenwood Park, Central Village, or Todd Hall may remain in their apartments until 2 p.m., Saturday, the last day of commencement ceremonies.
Rented textbooks may be returned anytime during the semester to the University Store. During finals, rental returns will be accepted at the University Store-The Crossing, Monday - Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Late returns will be subject to a $52 late fee per book. No returns will be accepted after May 12th. 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 13th.
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:
Students or guests with special needs will find accessible parking at the west side of the Multipurpose Building. You can exit your family car at the curb for the shortest distance to the entrance. If you need a wheelchair to better enjoy the program, it is advised that you bring one with you. Most communities have locations to rent or borrow a wheelchair, such as drug stores, disability programs, churches or service organizations (American Legion, etc.).
Wheelchair seating and space for one companion is available in two areas: along the first row of the south bleachers accessed by a ramp at each end; and on the mezzanine level of the north seating accessed by an elevator in the east hallway. Staff may direct guests to the end of the floor seating once graduates and faculty have filed in.
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 the reserved seating to be close to the ASL interpreters and to view the presenters on the stage.
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
The following is a list of some Warrensburg and surrounding area accommodations:
Best Western - Warrensburg Inn
Comfort Inn - Warrensburg Station
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Warrensburg
Holiday Inn Express & Suites - Warrensburg North
Super 8 by Wyndham Warrensburg
Cena's Nook Bed & Breakfast
Knob Noster (10 Miles East of Warrensburg):
Sedalia (28 Miles East of Warrensburg):
Best Western State Fair Inn
Budget Host Super 7 Motel
Econo Lodge Truman Inn
Holiday Inn Express
Super 8 Motel
Higginsville (15 Miles North of Warrensburg):
Super 8 Hotel
I-70 and Missouri Hwy 13 - Exit 49
The address of the Multipurpose Building is 500 South Washington Street, Warrensburg,
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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.
Before being seated, please pick a place outside of the building to meet up with your guests. The recessional will lead graduates out of the building at the east and southeast exits.
Degree candidates in academic regalia (caps and gowns) should find their seat on floor of the Multipurpose Building 30 minutes prior to your allotted ceremony time. Rows will be marked and faculty marshals will be there to assist you.
Graduation candidates are seated on the floor of the auditorium. For the May 2021 ceremonies, graudate students will be grouped by college/academic program and then by last name. Undergraduate students will be seated by last name. 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 front of the arena. 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.
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.
Congratulations! Your degree is your passport into official alumni status. Welcome to the family of nearly 100,000 alumni living and working around the world. Your Alumni Foundation is committed to being a resource to you and keeping you connected with the university through email, social media, networking events, regional gatherings, website news and the award-winning UCM Magazine. There are many benefits of being an active member of UCM's alumni community, including opportunities to mentor, volunteer and share your expertise with current students. Please stay in touch with your Alma mater by keeping your information up to date and sharing your successes. Contact your Alumni Foundation by calling 660-543-8000, emailing email@example.com, or connecting online at ucmfoundation.org.
Don't forget, after graduation the Career Services Center is still here to assist you with all of your career development needs.
Please complete the online survey here if you are:
For additional help or information, please visit our website or call our office at 660-543-4985.
A professional photographer from GradImages will take 3-4 photographs of each degree candidate as they cross the stage. Students will receive a digital proof of their photos on an order card within 5 to 7 days following the ceremony.
Students may remove masks for photographs taken before or after going up to the sub-stage. Masks must be work on the sub-stage with Dr. Best.
Students are not obligated to purchase any of these photos. GradImages customer service can be contacted 24/7 at 800-261-2576 and at firstname.lastname@example.org. Students may register with GradImages to ensure that their graduation proofs can be delivered in a timely manner. Students may also select "Pre-Event Registration" to enter their email address and add addresses of family and friends that would like to view the proofs. There is no obligation to order photographs; this is merely a service.
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. Diplomas sent to addresses outside of the United States will require an additional $10 mailing fee. 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.
You can review this address in MyCentral on the UCM Home tab in the UCM Personal Information box in the right column. Choose the first link and you will see your diploma address. Submit changes as needed. You may also contact the Office of the Registrar in Ward Edwards Building, Room 1000 or at email@example.com with any diploma address changes. 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 unless requested.
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. Returned diplomas will incur a $10 fee to be mailed again. If the diploma is lost in the mail 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-The Crossing. UCM diplomas are printed on 8.5" by 11" paper and are in the portrait orientation. Prices start at just $54.88 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.