School of Biological Sciences

Coordinator: Lauren Petrillo

Phone: (816) 235-2580




Saturday, December 19th, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. in the Swinney Recreation Center



Please RSVP at the Commencement website. No tickets are required, but it is important that you register the number of guests who will attend.



Please notify the Commencement coordinator as soon as possible if your guests have special needs, such as wheelchair or handicapped seating. A limited number of special seating passes are available prior to the ceremony.



BS/BA and MA/MS candidates must purchase cap, gown, and gold tassel at the University Bookstore

PhD candidates must contact the SBS Commencement coordinator regarding regalia.

During the first part of the ceremony the tassel is worn on the right side. When degrees are conferred you will move it to the left side. Women wear caps throughout the ceremony. Men remove their caps during the National Anthem.



Please see Commencement site for updated parking information.



  1. Doors to Swinney will be open at approximately 4:00 p.m. for guests.
  2. All candidates must arrive NO LATER THAN 4:15 p.m., dressed in cap and gown. Go directly to Pierson Auditorium in the Student Success Center. Leave all personal items with family members. Candidates should not carry any items during processional.
  3. Find the School of Biological Sciences table and pick up your name card. Find your place in line behind the appropriate sign (L-1 or R-1, for example). Students will line up in order based on the letter and number on their cards.
  4. You will receive instructions on how to walk, where to sit, and how to walk across the stage for the reading of names.                 


Students who meet the criteria for Latin Honors will be notified by the SBS Commencement coordinator as soon as the list is available. Medallions will be available at the name card table on the day of the ceremony. For more information regarding Latin Honors, please access “Graduation, Commencement, Diplomas and Honors” at the Registration and Records website.