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Congratulations on your pending graduation!

The university hopes you will participate in the commencement ceremony as a way of celebrating your accomplishments. Please read the following information carefully to make sure you have the best possible experience on your commencement day.



All university coursework requirements must be completed by the time of graduation, though grades may not be posted yet for the commencement ceremony. Your student account must be cleared with the university before your diploma will be mailed. This includes any outstanding Health Center charges, parking fines, library fines, etc. You can check your balance on MyView. If you have any questions, please contact the Cashier's Office.


REVIEW YOUR COMMENCEMENT CHECK LIST BELOW:

Undergraduate Candidates

  • Apply for graduation (check deadlines in your dean's office one year in advance).
  • Complete a graduation audit with an advisor in the advising office in your college.
  • Meet all university requirements (to include major field exams or other assessments, if required)
  • Settle your student account on MyView
  • Verify your name and address on MyView. If you have any changes, please contact the Registrar's Office.
  • Conduct an exit interview with the Office of Financial Aid, if appropriate.
  • Make sure all official transcripts from other schools have been sent to the Admissions Office by the appropriate deadline as checked in your dean's office.

College of Business students, also refer to this page.


Graduate Candidates

  • Complete a program for master's degree (M-4) or educational specialist (S-4) to apply for graduation
  • Meet the requirements on your program
  • Settle your student account on MyView
  • Verify your name and address on MyView. If you have any changes, please contact the Registrar's Office.
  • Conduct an exit interview with the Office of Financial Aid, if appropriate.
  • Make sure all official transcripts from other schools have been sent to the Registrar's Office.


Optometry Candidates

  • Ensure all "NR" grades from externships have been addressed with the externship director
  • Meet all university requirements
  • Settle your student account on MyView
  • Verify your name and address on MyView. If you have any changes, please contact the Registrar's Office.
  • Conduct an exit interview for federal financial aid through MyView.

Graduation Kick Off

November 1 & 2, 2017 11am - 6pm, Located at the Triton Store (209 MSC)

  • Purchase and pick-up your cap and gown*.
    • Bachelor's - cap, gown, tassel - $38.98 plus tax
    • Master's - cap, gown, tassel - $40.98 plus tax
    • Master's - hood only - $26.99 plus tax
    • PhD or EdD - cap, gown, tassel - $31.99 plus tax (this item is rented, not purchased)
    • Doctoral hood - $31.99 plus tax (optometry only; this item is rented, not purchased)
    • Tassel only with custom charm - $8.99 plus tax
  • Order announcements, thank you, and personal notes.
  • Look at class rings.

*You can buy your commencement attire after November 2nd, however a $10 surcharge will be added to caps and gowns purchased AFTER Friday, December 1st.

NOTE: If you plan to participate in the ceremony and have your own cap and gown (not purchased through the Triton Store) YOU WILL NEED TO PURCHASE A TASSEL at the Triton Store. This officially "registers" you for the ceremony and reserves a seat for you.

Tips for Commencement Attire

  • For longer hairstyles bring bobby pins to secure cap.
  • Gowns should be worn with a more formal attire. Business casual dress or a collared shirt and tie.
  • Tall heels are not recommended.

Cap Decoration 

  • All decorations must lie flat on the mortarboard. Nothing should hang over the edge and nothing should be on the skull-cap portion of the cap.
  • The university reserves the right to require you to wear a different cap or to remove any embellishment deemed inappropriate by authorized university officials before you are permitted to participate in the ceremony.

Honors

  • Undergraduates who have earned Latin Honors (i.e. cum laude) will receive a special tassel from the academic adviser in the robing room. Only your honors tassel should be worn during the ceremony.
  • Pierre Laclede Honors College graduates will receive special honors cords from the Honors College office.
  • Students who belong to academic honor societies recognized by UMSL may wear that organization's honor cords or pins (at the student's expense.)
  • If you do not participate in commencement, no honors tassel will be given.

Special Information for Doctoral Candidates

  • Candidates for the degrees PhD, EdD, DNP and OD will rent, rather than purchase their cap and gown. Measurements will be taken at the Grad Kick-off in the Triton Store.
  • Doctoral hoods will be presented at the ceremonies.
  • OD hoods will be rented - graduates will not keep them.
  • Attire not picked up from the Triton Store will be available THE DAY OF COMMENCEMENT in the Faculty Robing Room.

Questions?

  • Triton Store 314-516-5763 or 314-516-5765.
  • Concerning your eligibility to graduate, contact your academic adviser or the Dean's Office.
  • Event information, call the Office of University Events, 314-516-5442.

Rehearsal
Rehearsal is not necessary for these ceremonies as you will be guided the entire time by UMSL Staff and Faculty.

Building Opens
Plan to arrive at the Mark Twain Building at least 45 minutes before the official ceremony start time to allow for the assembly process. Building opens one hour before each ceremony. Graduates and guests, please do not arrive before that time. Upon arrival, follow this procedure:

Robing and Assembly (Mark Twain Building)

  1. Candidates report 45-60 minutes before the start of the ceremony
  2. Upon checking in, your academic advisers will make sure that each candidate has a name/walking card which you will carry with you to the stage.
    • Room 221 - Bachelor's candidates
    • Room 218 - Master's candidates and Ed. Specialist candidates
    • Room 219 - Doctoral candidates (with the faculty)
    • Room 220 - Coat Check (recommended that you do not bring valuables with you)
  1. Follow directions to the track downstairs and follow the signage on the wall marking your degree and number on your name/walking card and remain there. This lines you up for the procession.

  2. Staff members will help organize you by number.  All candidates should be lined up and ready for the procession 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the ceremony. Bathrooms are available on that level in the locker rooms. No guests are allowed on the track.

  3. Approximately 10 minutes prior to the beginning of the ceremony your academic adviser will lead you to the gym.

  4. Bachelor and master degree candidates will be led to their assigned seats by aisle marshals. Doctoral candidates will process with the faculty led by the faculty aisle marshal to assigned seating.

Order of Ceremony

  • Procession
  • Singing of the National Anthem
  • Welcome and introductions
  • Speaker
  • Conferring of honorary degrees (if awarded)
  • Speaker (if presenting)
  • Conferring of academic degrees
    • At the appropriate time in the ceremony, the aisle marshals will direct each row of candidates across the stage to receive their diploma folder
    • Candidates return to their seats after crossing the stage and remain there until the recession
  • Alumni greetings
  • Singing of the "Alma Mater"
  • Recession
    • Candidates recess in order as directed by the aisle marshals

Notes

  • The actual diploma will be mailed 6-8 weeks after the ceremony, when grades have been computed and each candidate's eligibility for graduation is confirmed.
  • Grad Images will be taking three photos of each graduate: 1. Close-up head shot; 2. Shaking hands with the Chancellor; 3. Diploma/flag shot. Proofs will be mailed to you within a week, and you may order photos at that time. If you don´t receive your proofs, please call this toll-free number 1-800-261-2576.
    • Pre-register with Grad Images for your photos by clicking here and entering University of Missouri–St. Louis.

Building Opens

  • The Mark Twain Building will open one hour before the start of each ceremony. Graduates and guests, please do not arrive before that time.

Graduate Rules of Conduct

  • Possession of alcoholic beverages is prohibited.
  • No chewing of gum or candy.
  • The use of electrical appliances such as irons and curling irons will NOT be allowed.
  • No flowers are to be worn or carried during the ceremony. Including leis or cap decoration.
  • No excessive decorations on caps or gowns that would be deemed inappropriate or distracting. No 3D designs or décor; elements used in the design must lay flat to the mortarboard board and not hang over the edge. Nothing should be on the skull-cap portion of the cap. Note: The university reserves the right to require you to remove any embellishment deemed inappropriate by authorized university officials before you are permitted to participate in the ceremony.

Students
Please inform the Coordinator of Disability Access Services immediately of any special arrangements that will enable you to participate fully in the commencement exercises by calling 314-516-6554.

Guests
Accessible guest seating is available on a first-come basis.

Shuttles
Shuttles will be running from the parking area to the front entrance of the Mark Twain Building.