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Growth in Graduation Numbers Contributes to New Approach for Spring 2015 Ceremonies

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Jan. 27, 2015) – Increased growth in the number of students graduating from the University of Central Missouri and strong attendance at graduation ceremonies have contributed to a new approach to the university’s Spring Commencement exercises that includes increasing the total number of ceremonies in 2015. Although spring graduation festivities, Friday and Saturday, May 8-9, are still a few months away, the university is reaching out early to students, faculty and staff and the public to make people aware of changes that are being made so they can plan accordingly.

Deborah Curtis, provost and chief learning officer, praised the work of university colleagues who are developing a new look to commencement. She said the university hopes to accomplish two important goals through these efforts.

“The first is to assure that our graduates and their families are appropriately honored and receive the best hospitality possible during a busy commencement weekend this May. The second important goal is to provide a commencement experience that acknowledges the capacity of our facilities with a focus on the comfort and safety of our guests,” Curtis noted in a recent memo to the campus community.

According to the Office of the Registrar, over the past five years UCM has experienced steady growth in the number of undergraduates and graduate students eligible to participate in spring ceremonies. In Spring 2010, there were 840 undergrads and 240 graduates who completed their degrees in time for commencement. By spring 2014, the number of undergraduates grew to 1,018 and graduates increased to 384. To accommodate the number of graduates and their families, in recent years the university has hosted a graduate ceremony on Friday evening, and on Saturday two ceremonies were conducted to accommodate undergraduates in each of the four academic colleges. This spring, there will be a total of five ceremonies, all in the Multipurpose Building.

Commencement weekend begins Friday, May 8, 2015 with the College of Health, Science, and Technology’s graduate ceremony at 2:30 p.m., followed by the undergraduate ceremony at 6:30 p.m.

On Saturday, May 9, undergraduate and graduate students will be honored together in commencement ceremonies for each of the three remaining academic colleges. All graduates of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and individuals who earned General Studies degrees will participate in the 9 a.m. ceremony. All graduates of the College of Education and individuals who completed the THRIVE program will be honored in the ceremony at noon. Honored at 3 p.m. will be undergraduates and graduate students in the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies.

Other traditional commencement activities are being realigned to coincide with their college graduation festivities. These activities will occur on Friday, and include the ROTC Commissioning at Reception at 9 a.m. and the Undergraduate Nursing Pinning ceremony at 1:30 p.m., both in Hendricks Hall. The College of Health, Science, and Technology Undergraduate and Graduate Reception is planned for 4:30 p.m. in Elliott Student Union 240.