School of Dentistry


Commencement Coordinator

Name:   Danita Johnson

Phone: (816) 235-2081



Spring 2015 Commencement Ceremony

Swinney Recreation Center

5030 Holmes

Friday, May 15, 2015 @ 7:00 p.m.


Purchasing Regalia

Regalia may be purchased at the UMKC Bookstore in the Student Union. The academic dress for the undergraduate BSDH, DDS, Master degrees and Ph.D. candidates must be purchased.  Tassel color for DDS and BSDH degrees is Lilac, and the tassel color for Ph.D. is Gold.  The hood color for the DDS degree and graduate certificate students is Lilac, and for the Ph.D. the hood is Royal Blue.


All graduating students must attend the GRAD FAIR (March 10 & 11) in the Student Union on the Volker Campus to purchase your regalia.


RSVP Information

Students’ are asked to please RSVP at the Commencement website  Tickets are not required and you are welcome to bring as many guests as you would like.  When responding to the RSVP side, please include the phonetic pronunciation of your full name to help


Special Accommodations

If you anticipate the need for special arrangements for your guests, such as wheelchairs, VIP parking or assistance for the hearing-impaired, please contact Danita Johnson at 816-235-2081 or .


Robing and Schedule

Doors to Swinney Recreation Center open at 6:00 p.m. for guests.

Graduates should leave all personal items with family members.

Graduates and parents or family members participating in the ceremony are asked to arrive at Pierson Auditorium in the Atterbury Student Success Center no later than 6:30 p.m. to check in, pick up announcement cards, and instructions to prepare for the ceremony.


?  Line up for procession will be from 6:35 p.m. to 6:50 p.m.

?  Procession into Swinney Recreation Center at 6:55 p.m.


Graduation Photos

Representative from GradImages will be in attendance.  They will take handshake and posed photos during the ceremony.  Proofs will be email to you with ordering information within a few weeks of the ceremony.  If you do not receive an email, you can visit their website at or contact them at 800-628-4509.



Parking will be available at the Cherry Street and Rockhill parking structures.  Maps and directions are available online at


Reception and Award Presentation

There will be a reception with award presentations immediately following the Commencement Ceremony in Pierson Auditorium.