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2016 Spring Commencement Includes Five Separate Ceremonies

By Jeff Murphy, March 16, 2016

WARRENSBURG, MO – To accommodate an increasing number of new graduates and to provide a quality celebration experience, the University of Central Missouri will utilize the same commencement format for spring 2016 that was initiated for the first time in spring 2015.  It will feature two ceremonies on Friday, May 6, followed by three ceremonies Saturday, May 7 in the Multipurpose Building.

“Commencement is a very special event for students and their families, so it is important for us to consider where the largest participation will be and plan our ceremonies accordingly. This helps to ensure an enjoyable experience for everyone involved,” said Deborah Curtis, provost –chief learning officer at UCM.

Instead of three ceremonies, which are utilized during the fall commencement, spring 2016 begins with the graduate ceremony for students in the College of Health, Science, and Technology at 2:30 p.m., followed by the undergraduate ceremony for graduates in the same college at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday commencement exercises begin at 9 a.m. with the graduate and undergraduate ceremony for new graduates in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and for students who are obtaining General Studies degrees. The College of Education’s ceremony for graduate students, undergraduates and graduates of the THRIVE program begins at noon, and the graduation ceremony for graduate and undergraduate degree candidates in the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies begins at 3 p.m.

A complete schedule of commencement activities is available online at Undergraduate students who have specific questions or just need more information can 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


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