School of Pharmacy


The School of Pharmacy graduation/commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 17th, beginning at 1:00pm in Swinney Recreation Center, 5030 Holmes Street, Kansas City, MO. This ceremony will include recognition of all UMKC Pharmacy graduates. (BS, Pharm D., and Ph.D.) No limit has been set on the number of guests you can invite to the ceremony, and there is no cost to attend nor will tickets be necessary. The pharmacy commencement ceremony will consist of Provost's address, keynote speaker, conferral of degrees and individual recognition of each pharmacy graduate crossing the stage as well as a pharmacy alumnus welcome to the alumni address.  The ceremony should last approximately 75 minutes. Guests can begin seating in Swinney [entrance is through the doors on the north side of the building closest to the Atterbury Center] beginning at noon.


If you plan to participate in the School of Pharmacy Graduation Ceremony, you will need to have the appropriate regalia. The academic dress for the Pharm.D., BS Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Ph.D. degree candidates must be purchased through the UMKC Bookstore. Tassel color for BSPS and Pharm.D. degrees is olive green and tassel color for Ph.D. is gold. The hood color for the Pharm.D. degree is olive green and the hood color for the Ph.D. degree is royal blue.

Pharm.D. students should have already turned in regalia [cap, gown, hood & tassel] order forms to the Pharmacy Student Affairs so their orders are processed all at one time. Ph.D. and BSPS graduates must purchase their regalia individually through the UMKC Volker Bookstore located in the Student Union.


There will be a Graduation Fair at the UMKC Volker Bookstore, in the Student Union at 51st and Cherry, on March 18 [10 a.m. – 7 p.m.] & March 19 [8 a.m. – 5 p.m.]. Students anticipating graduation are not required to attend this Fair; however, various company representatives will be at the Grad Fair and will have available for viewing graduation announcements, keepsake packages, diploma frames, graduation portraits, and class rings.  If you are unable to attend the Grad Fair and you would like to see these items, you can go to the UMKC Bookstore in the Student Union, during regular business hours or you can check out their website []. 

Pharm.D. students will be able to pick up their regalia from the UMKC Volker Bookstore either during the Grad Fair or anytime thereafter but must be picked up by April 25th. Unless otherwise requested, regalia orders for Pharm.D. students at MU will be sent via courier to the MU Bookstore and will be available to pick up in Columbia anytime beginning March 24th. MU pharmacy students should e-mail Shelly Janasz [], no later than March 14th, if you prefer that your regalia remain at the UMKC Bookstore in KC.  NOTE, if you are a KC pharmacy student and wish to have your regalia sent to the Columbia office, please also contact Shelly.  Since students are purchasing their regalia, they will be yours to keep after graduation.  


Students wishing to order personalized graduation announcements and go to to order on-line.  There are several different packages to choose from.   Alternatively, students may view, order/purchase announcements during the UMKC Grad Fair.


Graduates only should report to Pierson Auditorium [located on the second level of the Atterbury Student Success Center] no later than 12 noon with their regalia, for line up and commencement ceremony procession and recognition instructions.  During instructions and line up, graduates will be issued an announcing card that will have the graduate's diploma name printed on it and will take this card and hand it to the pharmacy faculty announcer during the ceremony as they process across stage. Graduates will be allowed to make phonetic corrections on the card during the instructions prior to the ceremony and the faculty announcer will practice reading names aloud with each graduate before the ceremony. PhD. and Pharm.D. graduates will be hooded during the commencement ceremony; therefore, will carry their hood during the processional into Swinney. You will have time to practice hooding during the lineup prior to the ceremony.  Graduates will process from Pierson Auditorium into Swinney Recreation Center beginning at 12:55 p.m.

PLEASE leave purses, phones, cameras, balloons, flowers, etc. with your family/guests. These items will not be secure in Pierson Auditorium during the commencement ceremony and CANNOT BE LEFT.


A professional graduation photographer will be on hand during the ceremony and will take individual photos of graduates shaking Dean Melchert’s hand and receiving their diploma cover.  Small composite samples of these photos will be mailed to graduates approximately two weeks after the ceremony with order forms to purchase copies of these photos. 


Graduates and their guests are cordially invited to a School of Pharmacy reception with light refreshments immediately following the ceremony.  The reception will be just outside of Swinney Recreation Center close to the University Playhouse area [see UMKC Volker Campus map].


Graduates and guests can park at various locations on campus. The parking lots in closest proximity to Swinney Recreation Center are the Atterbury Student Success Center and the Cherry Street parking structure located between Oak and Cherry Streets. The UMKC Commencement website will provide more details with maps and other information. Keep in mind that there will be graduation ceremonies taking place prior to, simultaneously, and following the School Pharmacy graduation ceremony, so there will be a lot of people on campus.  Please plan accordingly.

There will be disability parking spaces available in the Performing Arts Center [PAC] Parking Lot. Students who anticipate needing any special arrangements for family and friends who are in wheelchairs, using walkers, or need special assistance for hearing impaired should contact Shelly Janasz [], no later than May 5th, so arrangements can be made and special instructions provided. Please provide the total number of guests in your party and every effort will be made to insure that your guests can be seated together.


Noon                                  Guests of Graduates can begin seating in Swinney Recreation Center

Noon-12:15 p.m.                  Pharmacy students should arrive in Pierson Auditorium for robing,                                                  line-up, & instructions

12:55                                   Processional into Swinney begins

1:00 p.m.                             Pharmacy Graduation Ceremony Commences

2:15 p.m.                             Approximate finish time of Ceremony

2:15 – 3:30 p.m.                   Reception for pharmacy graduates, guests, & faculty/staff adjacent                                                  to Swinney next to University Playhouse.