School of Education
The “RSVP” button will be activated in early October 2015. Tickets are NOT required, but there is limited seating. Please RSVP at both the Commencement website and directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. When responding to the RSVP site, please include the phonetic pronunciation of your full name to help announcers correctly pronounce your name during the ceremony.
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.
UMKC’s mid-year Commencement will be held on Saturday, December 19th at 5:00 p.m. in Swinney Recreation Center (5030 Holmes).
Purchasing Academic Regalia
Students should plan to attend the Grad Fair held in the UMKC Bookstore inside the Student Union on October 13-14th to purchase their regalia. The bookstore offers a 10% discount on those two dates. If you plan to borrow someone else's regalia, it is important to have the correct colors and CRITICAL that you RSVP for the ceremony. Without an accurate count of participants, the correct number of seats for candidates and announcing cards will not be prepared, causing problems during the ceremony.
Students are encouraged to watch the PowerPoint School of Education Commencement Slide Show.
Doctoral students should watch the Hooding Ceremony Video (located under Faculty and Staff) on the Commencement website prior to Commencement.
Robing and Schedule
Parking, including handicapped is available at the Student Success Center, Performing Arts Center, the Cherry Street Parking Structure and all other campus parking lots. Maps and directions available online: http://www.umkc.edu/maps/.
If you anticipate you or your guests needing special arrangements such as wheelchair access or assistance for the hearing impaired, please note this on the RSVP website and contact Brad Martens at email@example.com or (816) 235-2887. UMKC police will be on hand to direct vehicles with access needs on the day of commencement.
A representative from GradImages will attend. They will take handshake and posed photos during the ceremony. They will e-mail proofs and ordering information within four weeks of the ceremony. If you do not receive your mailing, visit their Web site at http://www.gradimages.com, or contact them directly at 800-628-4509.
Hooding of Doctoral Candidates (PhD and EdD graduates only)
Instructions: Candidates should unbutton hood and drape it across right arm as they approach the stage. Hooders should be at center stage. Under the table holding 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 Provost/Chancellor to shake hands, receive diploma cover, and exit stage. Student returns to seat and sits down. Hooder exits stage via steps and returns to seat. Doctoral students should watch the Hooding Ceremony Video.