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Commencement Coordinator
Name: Dennise Todd
Phone: (816) 235-6270
Email: todddn@umkc.edu

The “RSVP” button will be activated in early March. . Tickets are NOT required and you are welcome to bring as many guests as you would like. Once the commencement site is activated, students will need to click on “RSVP” on the left hand side of the following website:  http://www.umkc.edu/commencement/

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.

Friday, May 16th-  1:00 p.m. in the Swinney Recreation Center (5030 Holmes)

(The 1:00 pm ceremony include all undergraduate, graduate & I-PhD’s from the following Departments )

Architecture, Urban Planning & Design (including Urban Studies)

Art & Art History

Chemistry

Communication Studies

Economics

English

Foreign Languages & Liter. (including: M.A.               

        Romance Lang. & Literature)


 Friday, May 16th-  4:00 p.m. in the Swinney Recreation Center (5030 Holmes)

(The 4:00 pm ceremony include all undergraduate, graduate & I-PhD’s from the following Departments )

Criminal Justice & Criminology

History (including American Studies & Religious Studies)

Geosciences

Liberal Arts (BLA)

Liberal Studies (Master of Arts)

Mathematics

Philosophy

Physics

Political Science

Psychology

Social Work

Sociology

Theatre


PURCHASING ACADEMIC REGALIA

Regalia may be purchased in the in the UMKC Bookstore, located in the Student Union (on 51st & Cherry) starting on March 11th up until graduation. If you attend the Graduation Fair in the UMKC Bookstore on Tuesday, March 18th (10:00 am to 7:00 pm) and Wednesday, March 19th (8:00 am to 5:00 pm), you will receive a 10% discount on your regalia.  The academic dress for your specific degree must be purchased: cap, gown, tassel (and hood for graduate students). There will be a professional photographer taking pictures at the Graduation Fair.

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
  • Ph.D. candidates, hood should be draped to right arm (hooding instructions at the bottom of this page).
  • 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

Atterbury Student Success Center (50th and Rockhill Rd); Education Bldg (52nd and Holmes); Grant Hall (53rd and Cherry); and  50th and Cherry Street.


ROBING & SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

1:00 pm Ceremony (Friday, May 16th)
12:00 pm - Robing and pick up announcing cards in Pierson Auditorium. (located inside the                                       Atterbury Student Success Center, 50th & Rockhill Rd).

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

4:00 pm Ceremony (Friday, May 16th)
3:00 pm – Robing and pick up announcing cards in Pierson Auditorium. (located inside the                                       Atterbury Student Success Center, 50th & Rockhill Rd).

4:00 pm - Process into Swinney Recreation Center and start of ceremony

 

NAME CARDS

Name cards should be picked one hour prior to the ceremony in Pierson Auditorium (located inside the Atterbury Student Success Center). 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. **Bring only your regalia; the security of other possessions in Pierson Auditorium will not be guaranteed.

 

LATIN HONORS MEDALLION

If your name card is marked “with Latin Honors” indicating you are graduating with “Summa, Magna, or cum Laude”, you will be directed to the Information Table, which will be located inside Pierson Auditorium (Rm 245 of the Student Success Center).

 

PROCESSION

The procession will start in Pierson Auditorium (Rm 245 of the Student Success Center).  The academic procession begins with degree candidates. Your Faculty Marshall will lead you to the correct row of seats and will indicate to you when you need to go up on stage. Remain standing through the procession and the National Anthem.

Special Seating:

If you need special seating for you or your family, contact Becky Bergman at (816) 235-6093 or bergmanr@umkc.edu. When you RSVP for the ceremony, you should also indicate that you need special seating. Reminder, the RSVP site will be activated in early March 2014.

GRADUATION PHOTOS

Professional photographers from GradTrak will be at the ceremony. They will take handshakes and posed photos during the ceremony. The photo studio will mail proofs and ordering information within four weeks of the ceremony. If you do not receive your mailing, visit their Web site atwww.gradtrak.com/, or contact them directly at 800-628-4509.

 

HOODING INSTRUCTIONS FOR PHD STUDENTS (Doctoral Students Only)

Candidates should have hood across right arm as they approach the stage.  Hooders should be at center stage.  Under the table with diploma covers, there is a small box to stand upon if needed.  Hooders receive hood from student.  Faculty should face the audience, and student will also face audience until hooding is completed.  Student walks in front of the faculty member, turns with back to faculty member (bending at knees if taller than hooder).  Hooder drapes hood over shoulders of candidate and adjusts hood so colors are showing.  Once done, faculty member taps student on shoulder.  Student and faculty member shake hands; student goes next to Dean and Chancellor to shake hands, receive diploma cover, and exit stage.  Student returns to seat and sits down.  Hooder returns to seat. Click on the hooding ceremony video .