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Ward Edwards 1000
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660.543.4900
Fax: 660.543.8400


Commencement From A-Z

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Commencement Ceremonies Location:

UCM Multipurpose Building
500 S Washington St
Warrensburg MO 64093

All 2014 Spring and Summer undergraduate candidates are cordially invited to participate in Spring Commencement ceremonies being held Saturday, May 10, 2014 in the Multipurpose Building. This web site contains extensive information about commencement, including a schedule of activities. If you have specific questions or just need more information, visit the Office of the Registrar in Ward Edwards 1000, call 660-543-4914 or email

Undergraduate Commencement Schedule, Saturday, May 10, 2014

Graduation candidates need to check their UCM Email accounts often. Important graduation information is sent to candidates throughout the semester. Information is also posted to MyCentral messages.

YOUR COLLEGE DETERMINES WHICH CEREMONY YOU ARE TO ATTEND.* Please note, not all BSE Programs are in the College of Education. Check your major here to be sure of the correct college.


Ceremony Times



10 a.m. (Ceremony lasts approximately 90 minutes)

Harmon College of Business & Professional Studies

College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

General Studies Majors


2 p.m. (Ceremony last approximately 90 minutes)

College of Heath, Science & Technology

College of Education (please note, not all BSE Programs are in the College of Education)

* Students pursuing an Individualized Major (not General Studies) should attend the ceremony with the college associated with their Individualized Major.

2014 Spring Commencement Ceremonies Guide (A to Z)

Accommodations for Family and Guests
Accommodations for Students
Acquire Caps and Gowns
Assembly Areas
Becoming an Alumnus

Becoming a UCM Cambium Society Member

Career Services
Frame Your Diploma
Getting to Campus
Graduating with Honors
Graduation FAQ
Graduation Fees
Information for Parents and Guests
Interactive Map of Campus
Map of Warrensburg
Name Cards
Parking at Commencement
Returning Books
ROTC Commissioning
Schedule of Activities
Special Needs

Accommodations for Family and Guests

The following is a list of some Warrensburg and surrounding area accommodations:

Warrensburg Accommodations:


Comfort Inn - Warrensburg Station
609 E. Russell Ave.
660-429-4848 or 800-228-5150
Days Inn
204 Cleveland
660-429-2400 or 800-329-7466
Holiday Inn Express
626 E. Russell Ave.
660-747-3000 or 800-HOLIDAY
Super 8 Motel
439 E. Russell Ave.
660-429-2183 or 800-800-8000


Knob Noster (10 Miles East of Warrensburg):


Econo Lodge
2340 W. Irish Ln.


Sedalia (28 Miles East of Warrensburg):


Best Western State Fair Inn
3120 S. Limit Ave.
Budget Host Super 7 Motel
5650 S. Limit Ave.
Comfort Inn
3600 W. Broadway Blvd.

Econo Lodge Truman Inn

3501 W. Broadway Blvd.

Holiday Inn Express
4001 W. Broadway Blvd.
Super 8 Motel
3402 W. Broadway Blvd.


Higginsville (15 Miles North of Warrensburg):


Super 8 Hotel

I-70 and Missouri Hwy 13 - Exit 49


Accommodations for Students

All residence halls close at 6:00 p.m., Friday, May 9. Degree candidates living in the residence halls and participating in  the Commencement Ceremony can make arrangements with their Assistant Director to stay in their rooms Friday evening and check out by 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. Arrangements must be made prior to Friday, May 2, 2014.

All apartments close at 6:00 p.m., Friday, May 9.  Degree candidates living in Foster/Knox, Nickerson Apartments, Greenwood Park, Central Village, Todd Hall or Hawkins Hall may remain in their apartments until 1:00 p.m., Saturday, May 9.

Acquire Caps and Gowns

For Spring & Summer 2014 graduation candidates, caps and gowns will be available for pick-up 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at the University Store beginning Monday, March 31.  Picture ID is required. 

The University Store will also be open 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. on graduation day, May 10, for cap and gown pick-up.  For more information call the University Store at 660-543-4370 or 800-330-7698.  Inquiries via e-mail can be directed to

Announcements and College Ring Sales

Graduation announcements can be purchased from University Store. Information can be obtained by calling 660-543-4370 or 800-330-7698 or through the University Store in Elliott Union, Room 128. Jostens' representatives will be at University Store on March 10th and 11th, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. and March 31st and April 1st, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Inquiries via e-mail can be directed to  You may also visit the University Store Graduation FAQs web page. 

Assembly Areas

The Multipurpose Building (500 S Washington) will open for guests and participants at 9 a.m. for the morning ceremony and at 1 p.m. for the afternoon ceremony. Each ceremony lasts approximately 90 minutes. No tickets are required for guests. Candidates may invite as many guests as they would like to the ceremony.

Undergraduate candidates in academic regalia (caps and gowns) will assemble at 9:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Multipurpose Building. Look for your college sign in the line-up areas. Check Ceremony Times for the time of your ceremony.


10 a.m. Second Floor (See Signs)
  College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
  Harmon College of Business & Professional Studies
  General Studies Majors


2 p.m. Second Floor (See Signs)
  College of Health, Science & Technology
  College of Education



Becoming an Alumnus

Congratulations! Your degree is your passport into the UCM Alumni Association. Welcome to the 86,000 strong Mule Family around the world. It's a powerful network! We are committed to being a resource to you as new alumni. Get connected through our UCM Alumni Association LinkedIn and Facebook pages, mobile app, monthly e-newsletter, website and Today magazine. There are many benefits of staying connected, including Mule Nation regional alumni clubs, networking events, mentoring opportunities, recruiting potential students, and so much more. You are important to your alma mater. Please update your contact information at Contact us at 660-543-8000 or at Student Today. Mule Forever!

Becoming a UCM Cambium Society Member

As a UCM graduate, you are eligible to become a member of the Cambium Society, a donor recognition group sponsored by the UCM Foundation. These individuals are proud of their UCM roots and want to leave a legacy. Membership offers networking and special events as well as other benefits and recognition. Graduates who want to be recognized in the commencement program as Cambium Society members must make a commitment prior to November 8, 2013. For more information about becoming a Cambium Society member, visit


Career Services

Don't forget, after graduation The Career Services Center is still here to assist you with all of your career development needs. Individual assistance is available for resume writing, interview techniques, networking tips, and job search strategies.

If you have already found employment or are enrolled in graduate/professional school, please complete our Graduate Follow-Up Survey at the following link:

For additional help or information, please call our office at 660-543-4985 or by email at


Diplomas will be mailed approximately 4 to 6 weeks after grades are available to the diploma address you have on file with your application in the Registrar's Office. 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. To make necessary changes contact the Office of the Registrar in Ward Edwards Building, Room 1000. Please specify the address is for your diploma. Diploma address changes cannot be taken by telephone. Inquiries via e-mail can be directed to If you update your local or primary mailing address, your diploma address will not be changed.

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. A fee is required before a duplicate diploma will be ordered.

Frame Your Diploma

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.  Prices start at just $41.88 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.

Getting to Campus

The address of the Multipurpose Building is 500 South Washington Street, Warrensburg, MO 64093.

Click here for driving directions to campus.

Graduating with Honors

To be eligible for graduation with honors a student must have earned both cumulative and Central Missouri grade point averages of 3.50.

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.

At the commencement ceremony, students who qualify for graduation with honors* will be noted in the commencement program and will be recognized as they cross the stage. Candidates graduating with honors will wear medallions that are available for pick-up with the cap and gown in the University Store.

Summa Cum Laude: gold ribbons

Magna Cum Laude: red ribbons

Cum Laude: white ribbons

*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 in the bookstore.

Graduation FAQ's

How will I know if I have not met all my requirements for graduation?

It will be important that you monitor your UCM email account and MyCentral messages 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 and posted in MyCentral Personal Announcements. At the end of the semester, a final check is done and any deficiencies are emailed, mailed, and posted in MyCentral Personal Announcements. 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.

Is there a graduation rehearsal?

No, but you will receive instructions during the procession/line-up on the second floor of the multi-purpose building prior to the ceremony on how to proceed and where you will be seated. Make sure to arrive at 9:30 for the morning ceremony and 1:30 for the afternoon ceremony with your name card in hand. 

Before meeting in the assembly area pick a place outside of the building to meet up with your guests.  The recessional will lead the graduates out of the building at one of the North exits. 

How Long Does the Ceremony Last?

The ceremony will last approximately 90 minutes. 

Where will I be seated on the auditorium floor?


How many guests may I bring to Commencement?

You can invite as many people as you like to the ceremony. There is no limit and tickets are not required.

What if my name is hard to pronounce?

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.

Are there cords for those graduating with academic honors?

Candidates graduating with academic honors will wear medallions that are available for pick-up with the cap and gown in the University Store.  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

What about cords/sashes for other honors or organizations?

Students who are part of the Honors College, other honorary societies, and Greek organizations may wear cords/sashes granted to them by these groups.  These may be obtained directly through the group and are not available for pick up at the bookstore.

What if I am not attending the ceremony?

If you are not attending the ceremony you will not need to notify anyone. You will need to be sure that your diploma address is a good address for the time frame when diplomas will be mailed out. The diploma address is on file in the Registrar's Office. The graduation fee applies whether or not a candidate participates in the ceremony.

Does participating in the ceremony mean that I graduated?

No, all those who participate in the ceremony are candidates for graduation. We do not have final grades at the time of the commencement ceremonies to determine if all degree requirements have been met.

I won't actually graduate until the summer session. Can I still participate in the Spring ceremony?

Yes, since there is no summer ceremony, students listed as candidates for summer graduation are eligible to "walk-early" in the Spring ceremonies. Degrees for summer candidates will not be conferred until all degree requirements have been met.

Graduation Fees

Each degree candidate must pay a non-refundable graduation fee. The graduation fee for undergraduate candidates is $50. Graduation charges will be placed on accounts in April. 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 be made online. Or, if you prefer, your payment may be mailed to the Office of Student Financial Services. Please call 660-543-8266 if you have any questions.

Information for Parents and Guests

  • Commencement Ceremonies are held in the UCM Multipurpose Building (500 S Washington St). Doors open at 9:00 a.m. for the morning ceremony and 1:00 p.m. for the afternoon ceremony.
  • Tickets are not required for the Commencement Ceremony. Graduation candidates may invite as many guests as they like.
  • Parking and seating for guests with special needs are available at the west end of the Multipurpose Building. Please arrive early for these services.
  • Guests are not permitted in the graduate seating area on the main floor of the auditorium.
  • Graduation candidates do not have assigned seating on the floor, so there is no way to know where your student will be seated.
  • Guests are to remain seated during the entire ceremony.
  • Taking pictures and videotaping are allowed, but tripods and monopods are not permitted. Cameras must be battery-operated.
  • Guests are asked not to block the aisles or view of other guests.

Interactive Map of Campus

Map of Warrensburg

Name Cards

The name card is the card a graduation candidate presents to the reader before crossing the stage at the commencement ceremony.  Name cards will be available to be picked up in the Registrar's Office (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) during the week of final exams (May 5-9) or in the Multipurpose Building on Saturday (May 10).  Picture ID is required. This is how your name will appear on your diploma.  Do not alter your name card.  You must bring your name card to the ceremony.  You must have this card with you to have your name read. 

Parking at Commencement

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.  

Graduation Photos

To help preserve your memories of commencement, GradImages will take professional photos of each candidate during the ceremony.  You will deal directly with the studio regarding this service. You will receive a free passport-sized digital proof of your photo on an order card within 5 to 7 days following the ceremony.  You are not obligated to purchase any of these photos. GradImages can be contacted at 800-261-2576 and at  Register with GradImages to ensure that your graduation proofs can be delivered to you in a timely manner. If you click "Pre-event Registration" you can register your email address and add addresses of family and friends that you would like to view the proofs.

Returning Books

Rented textbooks may be returned anytime during the semester to the University Store.  During finals, returns will be accepted in the Sandra Temple Elliott Union Ballroom until 5:00 p.m. Friday, May 9. Textbooks will be accepted on Saturday, May 10, in the University Store.  Returns will be subject to a $40 late fee per book.  No returns will be accepted after Monday, May 12.  Students will be charged the new replacement cost for the non-returned rental textbooks when the books have not been received by close of business on May 12, 2014.

ROTC Commissioning

Commissioning ceremonies will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Alumni Chapel. A reception will follow for family, friends and guests in the Union 237 A/B.

Schedule of Activities

March 31-May 10, 2014

  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Academic regalia (cap and gown) distribution, University Store, Elliott Union 128. Picture ID is required.
  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Graduation fees and/or other charges owed must be paid in the Office of Student Financial Services, Ward Edwards Building, Room 1100.

May 5-9, 2014

  • Final Examinations
  • Undergraduate name cards can be picked up in the Registrar's Office beginning May 5, 2014.  Picture ID is required.  Candidates will give these name cards to the reader as they cross the stage at the commencement ceremony. Name cards will also be available at the Multipurpose Building on Graduation Day, May 10, 2014.

May 9, 2014 (Friday)

  • 5 p.m. - Deadline for checking in textbooks.
  • 6 p.m. - All residence halls close.

May 10, 2014 (Saturday)

  • 8 a.m. - Elliott Union opens. Information for visitors and graduates, as well as a lost and found center, will be available at the Information Desk.
  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  - Academic regalia (cap and gown) distribution, University Store, Elliott Union 128. Name cards are available at the Multipurpose Building.
  • 9 a.m. - Food service available, Elliott Union.
  • 9 a.m. - Multipurpose Building doors open for participants and guests.
  • 9:30 a.m. - Degree candidates from the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and General Studies Majors, in cap and gown, assemble in assigned areas. (See Assembly Areas.)
  • 10 a.m. - Commencement processional begins, Multipurpose Building. Late arrivals report to the Multipurpose Building Front Office.
  • 11 a.m. - Department of Nursing Pinning ceremony at Hendricks Hall
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - The Honors College/Nursing reception, Elliott Union 236, 238, 240.
  • 1 p.m. - Multipurpose Building doors open for participants and guests.
  • 1:30 p.m. - Degree candidates from the College of Health, Science, and Technology and the College of Education, in cap and gown, assemble in assigned areas. (See Assembly Areas.)
  • 2 p.m. - Commencement processional begins, Multipurpose Building. (Late arrivals report to the Multipurpose Building Front Office.)
  • 4:30 p.m. - U.S. Army ROTC Commissioning ceremonies begin in the Alumni Chapel followed by a reception in the Elliott Union 237 A/B.

Special Needs

Students or guests with special needs will find handicap parking at the west end of the Multipurpose building parking lot. Wheelchair seating and a seat for one companion are available along the mezzanine level of the north side, and along the first row of south bleachers in the arena.  The first three rows of seats on the north side are reserved for persons with disabilities and one companion; there is insufficient space for families to sit together in these areas.  We recommend you arrive early as this seating does fill. Persons who are deaf or have low vision may want to sit at the west end of these seats to be close to the ASL interpreter and to the presenters on stage.  Assistive listening devices and programs in large print and Braille are also available at each end of the stadium.  Please contact Accessibility Services for additional information:  660-543-4421,


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:

  • Invite all your friends and family. This is a time for sharing.
  • Make arrangements to meet your family and friends at a specified location after the ceremony, perhaps at your car or somewhere in the parking lot.  Finding them may be difficult after the ceremony.
  • Dress comfortably but appropriately. Don't add anything "extra" to your academic costume. Members of Phi Kappa Phi are allowed to wear white ribbons with blue lettering medallions. Members of The Honors College are allowed to wear gold cords that are distributed by the Dean of The Honors college prior to the day of Commencement. Members of Mortar Board, Tassels Chapter, wear a black and gold pin. Members of various recognized student associations can wear distinctive collars or cords that are distributed by their sponsors. Candidates graduating with honors will wear medallions that are available for pick up with the cap and gown in the University Store. Academic honors are announced as candidates cross the stage.
  • Be sure someone brings a camera for pictures before and after the ceremony. Forget all the silly stuff like the beach balls and water pistols. Even if you don't personally care about preserving the dignity and decorum of the Commencement ceremony, don't spoil it for those who are proud of their accomplishment.
  • The mortar board rests squarely on the top of the head, forward enough for the point of the cap to extend about halfway down the forehead, with the tassel on your left. Remember this as you style your hair.
  • Moving the tassel from right to left upon graduation, common at high school ceremonies, is not part of the ceremony at Central Missouri. The tassel stays on the left at all times.
  • At UCM, faculty and staff add colorful hoods that attach in the front, drape the shoulders and extend halfway down the back. The colors indicate various academic disciplines and institutions.
  • Men should wear a dress shirt and tie. Although some consider the ties optional, the shirt collar and tie are visible at the throat of the gown. A suit or sport coat is certainly appropriate, but a coat may be too warm for comfort. If that's the case, leave your coat with family or friends during the ceremony so you have it available for other activities before and after Commencement.
  • Most women prefer to wear a dress, suit or skirt and blouse, although dress slacks are also appropriate. Try to choose a dress or skirt with a hemline that does not extend below the gown.
  • Leave your purse with family or friends.
  • Wear comfortable dress shoes.
  • Programs are provided for participants at their seats.