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Graduation FAQ

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When does my graduation take place?

Due to an increased growth in attendance, the University of Central Missouri is taking a new approach to the way the commencement ceremonies will take place.

Here is a list of the ceremonies for Spring 2015.

Friday, May 8, 2015

  • College of Health, Science, and Technology: Graduate Ceremony - 2:30pm
  • College of Health, Science, and Technology: Undergraduate Ceremony - 6:30pm

Saturday, May 9, 2015

  • College of Education: Graduate and Undergraduate Ceremony / Thrive - 12:00pm
  • Harmon College of Business & Professional Studies - Graduate and Undergraduate - 3:00pm

Click here for more details.

Where can I get announcements, and how much do they cost?

Traditional announcements are available at University Store. Personalized announcements are available through Jostens website. Please refer to the mini-calendar above (on the right side of the page), or view our full calendar for dates that Jostens will be at University Store.

Traditional announcements available in the University Store are $8.95* for a package of five. Personalized announcements through Jostens start at approximately $53.95*+ tax and shipping for a minimum order requirement of 25 announcements.


What is a name card and do I need one?

The name card is the card that a graduation candidate presents to the reader before crossing the stage at the commencement ceremony. Name cards will be available to be picked up at the Multi-Purpose Building before heading to the line-up area, which starts a hour and a half before the graduation times. The designated name card station will be located on the first level of the Multi-Purpose Building. Please refer to the mini-calendar at the top right of this page (or the full calendar to see all dates). Picture ID is required when you pick up your name card. 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 to have your name read!

When and where do I pick up my cap and gown, and what do I need?

To pick up your cap and gown, please visit University Store in the basement of Elliott Union. As for dates, please refer to the above-right calendar or see our full calendar for a full listing of dates. You will need to bring a photo I.D.

I don’t live in Warrensburg. May I have the cap and gown shipped to me?

Yes. University Store will ship your cap and gown for a $10 shipping fee. Simply contact University Store by:

  • Phone - (660) 543-4370 or (800) 330-7698
  • Email -
  • Or mail University Store, 500 S. Holden St., Elliott Union 128, Warrensburg, MO 64093

Include the following:

  • Your height - for gown size (please specify standard, XL, 2XL or larger)
  • Shipping address – Must be a street address. No P.O. Boxes please
  • If you are a Graduate student please specify if you would like to borrow or purchase your hood.

Payment type:

  • Check - payable to University Store (shipment occurs after receipt of the check)
  • Credit or Debit Card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) - include card type, cardholder’s name, card number, and expiration date

How much does my cap and gown cost, and may I keep it?

Your cap and gown are included as a part of the $50 nonrefundable Graduation Fee, which is charged to your student account the month before graduation (November/April). This fee must be paid to the university before your diploma will be shipped. Graduate degree candidates will also be provided with a master’s hood. If you would like to purchase your hood there is a $25 fee for Master’s degree hoods and a $33 fee for Education Specialist hoods.

Charges may be paid in the Office of Student Financial Services (SFS), WDE 1100, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. M-F, with cash, check or debit card (Discover or Mastercard). Payments may be made online at Online, Student Financial Services accepts web checks without a service fee. A service fee of 2.75% is charged when paying with a credit card. 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.

The cap and gown are yours to keep. The hood must be returned if you have chosen not to purchase it. Personnel from University Store will be available in the Multipurpose Building to accept hoods immediately following the graduate student ceremony.

How do I know my cap and gown size, and what do I do if my gown doesn't fit?

The caps are "one size fits most." The gowns are sized based on height; though accommodation is made for larger sizes.

If your gown doesn't fit, bring it in its original condition to University Store, and we will exchange it for the proper size.

Why doesn’t the tassel come with the graduation year?

The year is not part of university regalia. They are typically used in high school commencement ceremonies only.

Can I wear the souvenir tassel instead of the one issued to me?

The University recommends you wear the regalia provided to you.

Do I wear the hood into the ceremony?

No. Graduate degree recipients will be hooded on stage. Some candidates choose to wear their hood for pictures prior to commencement, but the hoods are not to be worn into the ceremony.

What do the different hood colors represent?

They correspond to the different graduate degrees.

  • White – Master of Arts
  • Tan – Master of Business Administration
  • Gold – Master of Science
  • Blue – Master of Science in Education & Education Specialist
What happens if I do not return my hood?

The University Store will charge the purchase fee ($25 for master’s hoods and $33 for Education Specialist hoods) to your student account. Your diploma will not be shipped until this fee is paid via your UCM student account.

What recognition is given if I am graduation with honors?

Undergraduate students graduating with honors receive a medallion to wear in addition to the cap and gown as follows:

  • Summa cum laude gold ribbon with medallion
  • Magna cum laude red ribbon with medallion
  • Cum laude white ribbon with medallion
How many people may I bring to the commencement ceremony?

There is no limit to the number of guests graduation candidates may bring. All family and friends are welcome. Come early for best seating.

Will guests need tickets?

No. Tickets are not necessary for the graduation ceremony. Plenty of seating is available for all guests.

Do parents of degree candidates get special seating?

No. Guest seating is available in the bleachers on a first come, first serve basis. Floor seating is reserved for degree candidates and faculty only.

Does the Multipurpose Building offer special accommodations for people with special needs?

Students or guests with special needs will find handicap parking at the west end of the Multipurpose building parking lot, with wheelchair seating and a seat for one companion inside the west doors of the auditorium. The first three rows of seats on the north side are reserved for persons with disabilities and one companion. 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 program schedules in large print and Braille are also available at the west end of the building. Please contact Accessibility Services for a complete copy of the program in Braille or large print and for additional information: 660-543-4421.

I would like to put my diploma in a frame. Where do I get one?

A variety of custom frames and mats are available from the University Store. Prices start at just $41.88 for brass or silver finished frames. Shipping/handling charges apply to orders placed via the web or phone. Check the graduation merchandise page on University Store's website for the complete assortment.

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Updated February 17th, 2014