School of Nursing

December 13, 2013 Commencement Instructions

RSVP Information

To help us ensure that there are plenty of seats for both students and their guests you must RSVP to the Commencement website AND to Brenda Riggs by November 22nd. When responding to the RSVP site, please include the phonetic pronunciation of your full name to help announcers correctly announce your name during the ceremony. No tickets are required.

Purchasing Regalia/Ordering Announcements

Students should plan to attend the Grad Fair held in the UMKC Volker Bookstore on October 8th and 9th to purchase and/or order regalia, announcements, etc. The bookstore offers a 10% discount on those two dates. If you order on-line during those two days you will receive the 10% discount too. The academic dress for the Nursing degree must be purchased. The tassel color for BSN, MSN and DNP degrees is Apricot, and the tassel color for Ph.D. in Nursing is Gold. The hood for the MSN and DNP is Apricot, and for Ph.D. the hood is Royal Blue.

  • Caps are worn horizontally, with the tassel on the right side.
  • 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.
  • DNP and Ph.D. students carry their hoods over their right arms until they cross the stage and are officially hooded.

Previewing Commencement

Students are encouraged to watch the power point,' This is how we do commencement' prior to the ceremony. Doctoral students should watch the Hooding Ceremony Video on the Commencement website prior to Commencement.

Robing and Schedule

Arrive at Pierson Auditorium no later than 4:15 PM. Robing, line-up, and instructions for the ceremony will take place prior to the ceremony. There will be someone there to assist the MSN students with their hoods. Doctoral graduates should carry their hood draped over their right arm.

Please leave all personal items with family members or other guests as there is no secure place for them to be stored during the ceremony.

At approximately 4:45 PM you will receive instructions on how to walk in processional, where to sit in Swinney Recreation Center and how to walk across the stage for the reading of names. Normally the noise level in the robing room is high. When you are asked to pay attention and listen to instructions, please do so.

Commencement ceremony begins promptly at 5:00 PM


Parking, including handicapped is available at the Atterbury Student Success, Performing Arts Center, and all other campus parking structures. Maps and directions available online:

Special Arrangements

If you anticipate your guests needing special arrangements such as wheelchair access or assistance for the hearing impaired, please note this on the RSVP website and also contact Brenda Riggs at police will be on hand to direct vehicles with access needs on the day of commencement