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May 2016


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A great place to keep track of what is going on at UCM is through our university calendar found at  
A few of the many important dates for the spring semester include the following:

May 2-6 Final Exams (see the schedule)
May 2-6 Textbook buybacks and rental returns at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center, Lower Courts, 7:30 am to 6:00 pm
May 6 Residence halls close, 6 p.m.
May 6-7 Commencement Ceremonies
May 12 Spring Semester final grades posted online
May 16 Summer Sessions begin
August 15 Fall Semesters begins

August 2015
September 2015

October 2015
November 2015
December 2015

January 2016
February 2016
March 2016
April 2016

Additional information regarding payment and registration dates can be found on MyCentral.


Do you have trouble remembering all of those campus dates and deadlines? Add "UCM MoInfo" to the Facebook pages that you "like" and you will receive updates from the Office of the Registrar. These announcements will include information regarding course enrollment, graduation, refund dates and other important deadlines. The Registrar's Office also tweets. Check out their Twitter account at "UCMRegistrar".  If your student receives campus announcements via text, encourage them to join the 'UCM Registrar' message group.

Greeting from Mike Godard, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management

Dear Parents,

As the spring semester comes to a close, I would like to congratulate our graduates. Commencement from a program of higher education is a significant life achievement for both students and parents. We know the college degree is more valuable than ever. The Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that individuals holding a post-secondary degree can generate almost two times the amount of income of high school graduates ( We welcome our newest alumni from the Class of 2016 as they head out for new jobs, internships, and further education!

UCM graduates also serve as models of success for our undergraduates who continue to strive toward their personal and educational goals. University of Central Missouri is dedicated and continues to demonstrate their commitment to student success; increasing retention by 1.1% over the last year. We will continue to work toward creating positive experiences and providing the support your student needs reach their goals.

We can’t wait to see you and your student back in the fall.


Mike Godard, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Enrollment Management

2016 Spring Commencement Includes Five Separate Ceremonies
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

To track the latest news and exciting events at UCM link to



With summer close at hand, it's time to think about the Fall 2016 semester by enrolling for classes. Fall registration is currently open for students who have not yet registered. Approximately 70% of the first-year class has registered for next fall. We encourage students to register for classes prior to departing for the summer in order to ensure an appropriate mix and amount of classes. Fall move-in day is Sunday, August 14, in time for classes to begin Monday, August 15. For more information, visit the Academic Calendar on our web site.


Grades for the Spring 2016 semester will be available on the MyCentral Portal beginning May 12th. Spring semester probation, suspension and dismissal notifications will be sent electronically to students UCMO email accounts as well as through the MyCentral portal. If your student finds themselves on academic probation, please have them contact their academic advisor for assistance in developing an academic recovery plan designed to get them back in good standing academically at the university. If they have been suspended, Central Missouri policy indicates the student will be suspended for one semester (summer not included). Again, the academic advisor can provide information regarding steps the student can take to regain good standing at the university. If they have been dismissed, dismissal is for the period of one calendar year. Reinstatement after suspension and dismissal is not automatic or guaranteed.


Your student is nearing the end of the semester and may be returning home soon for the summer. You and your student may be anxiously awaiting the reunion, excited to celebrate, and “get caught up.” Yet as your student returns home to reunite with family and old friends, they are also bidding farewell to new friends and relationships they have developed at Central. Coping with loss and separation is a natural process that can take many forms. Some of the common indicators of grief include: sadness and tears, irritability, frequently thinking and talking about these friends, loss of appetite and disrupted sleep. Some grieve by throwing themselves into other activities or relationships while they adjust. Keep in mind that what might seem like a small loss to you may be huge for them.
Here are some DOs and DON’Ts to help you support your student as they adjust to these losses.

DO    Recognize your student may have mixed feelings about the end of the semester.
DO   Listen.
DO   Name it as grief. For example: “I wonder if you’re sad because you miss your friends at Central?”
DO   Validate and affirm their grief and pain. For example: “It hurts so much because they are important to you.”
DO   Encourage your student to invite a friend to visit during the summer as a way of bridging their home life with their college life.
DO   Realize that there is no one best way to grieve. Some people talk about their losses; some cry; some exercise; some get a job.
DON'T   Minimize your student’s sense of loss. For example: “You only knew him/her for a few months…or you’ll get over it…you have lots of friends here at home.”
DON'T   Assume that you know what they need from you. Ask: “Would anything help?” Often simply having our grief listened to is the “best medicine.”
DON'T   Miss the opportunity to help them identify their experience as grief. Grief and responding to a loss is one of the most common and painful of human experiences. Having a word for these feelings will help them cope with future losses. Grieving smaller losses is good practice for the bigger losses we all must face.




Whether it is your student’s first year at college, graduation, or anywhere in between, students change in many ways over the course of their college career. You have undoubtedly been noticing the changes in your student as the years go by, seeing some you like and some you wonder about. Students will have new friends, new ideas, and maybe even a new appearance (clothes, hairstyle, tattoos, piercings). They will also have had the experience of a different type of freedom than they may have had at home prior to leaving for college. Students may chafe at the idea of curfews or other expectations that existed when they were in high school. You probably also changed as you experienced home life without your college-age child living with you. While feeling proud and excited about your student’s new phase in life you may also feel an understandable sense of loss over how life used to be. And now you may have to figure out how to get along together for the summer.

Some tips for dealing with this situation:

  This is our last online Parent Newsletter for the year. We appreciate your continued level of involvement and support of your student and hope the newsletter provided you with information that helped you during the course of the year. If you have comments or suggestions, please send them to We continue to look for new and better ways to communicate with parents and your feedback is particularly helpful as we review and improve the newsletter for next year.  

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