College of Arts & Sciences

Commencement Coordinator

Name:  Dennise Todd
Phone: (816) 235-6270

Please RSVP. No tickets are required and you are welcome to bring as many guests as you like.

Commencement is a time for excitement and celebration. In order to ensure a seamless and memorable ceremony, we ask your assistance in adhering to the information provided.

When? Friday, December 13th, 2013  at 1:00 p.m. in the Swinney Recreation Center

(Includes all undergraduate, graduate and  PhD’s)

Purchasing Academic Regalia

Regalia may be purchased at the Graduation Fair on Tuesday, October  8th (10:00 am to 7:00 pm) and Wednesday, October 9th  (8:00 am to 5:00 pm) located in the  Student Union Book Store. A 10% discount is available if you purchase your regalia (cap, gown, tassel, etc.) during  the  Graduation Fair.

The academic dress for your specific degree must be purchased, which includes cap, gown (and hood for graduate students). Appropriate regalia must be worn as follows:

  • Caps are worn horizontally, with the tassel on the right side
  • Masters and Ph.D. degree candidates should wear the appropriate hood
  • Women wear caps throughout the ceremony - Men remove caps for the National Anthem
  • Please wear caps during the rest of the ceremony and the recessional


Parking areas: Student Success Center, 50th and Rockhill Rd; Education Bldg, 52nd and Holmes; Grant Hall, 53rd and Cherry; and  50th and Cherry Street.

Special Seating:

For any special seating for you or your family, please contact Becky Bergman at (816) 235-6093 or When you RSVP for the ceremony, you should also indicate that you need special seating.

**Bring only your regalia; the security of other possessions in Pierson Auditorium will not be guaranteed.

Robing and Schedule

Schedule of Events

12:00 pm - Robing and pick up announcing cards in Pierson Auditorium (located inside the Atterbury Student Success Center)

1:00 pm - Process into Swinney Recreation Center and start of ceremony




Name Cards

Name cards should be picked up prior to the ceremony starting at 12:00 pm on the day of the ceremony in Pierson Auditorium. The announcement card will have your name and your degree. In the upper right hand corner of the announcement card, there will be a letter and a number written in blue ink. The letter and number will tell you where you need to stand in the line. There will be an overhead projector that will show you where your corresponding letter and number is in the line. There will be staff who can answer any questions that you may have. Don’t hesitate to ask them if you don’t know where you should be in-line.

Honor Medallions

If your name card is marked “with Latin Honors” indicating you are graduating with “Summa, Magna, or Cum Laude”, please pick up your medallion at the information table. The medallion is yours to keep.


The procession will start in Pierson Auditorium (which is inside the Atterbury Student Success Center).  The academic procession begins with degree candidates. Your Faculty Marshall will lead you to the correct row of seats. Remain standing through the procession and the National Anthem.