General Questions

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A common misconception is that graduation and commencement are interchangeable terms, when in fact:

Graduation is the completion of all degree requirements and receipt of the diploma. 

Commencement is the ceremony that celebrates the completion of a degree. Participation in the ceremony does not imply you have officially graduated. Conversely, it is not required to participate in the ceremony to receive your diploma.

To apply to graduate, please visit
All fall 2021 commencement ceremonies will take place in the Mark Twain Building on UMSL's campus.
At this time, we are not requiring tickets or limiting guest numbers. However, this may change with any new developments in community health.

The doors will open 90 minutes prior to the start of your ceremony's scheduled start time. Please make sure you give yourself enough time to arrive and be in place for your ceremony's procession. 

Please use Express Scripts Parking and Lot K/West Drive Parking. Shuttle buses will run from the parking areas to the Mark Twain Building. See the parking page for more information.


  • Accessible seating for guests is available on a first-come basis in the back of the gym.
  • 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.
Taking pictures and video recording is allowed, but tripods and monopods are not permitted. Cameras must be battery operated and patrons must remain seated while taking photographs and recording video. No standing will be permitted and ushers will ask guests to return to their seats.

All ceremonies are lived streamed and recorded and can be viewed on the Live Streaming and Recordings section of this website.
Grad Images will take photos of each graduate. Proofs are emailed to each graduate's personal email account within a week of commencement, and photos may be ordered at that time. If you do not receive proofs, please call 1-800-261-2576.
Yes. Live streaming is available for each ceremony and recordings of past ceremonies may be viewed online.
  • Firearms 
  • Food and beverages (drinking fountains are available in the main lobby) 
  • Alcohol 
  • Airhorns or noisemakers 
  • Balloons (you will be asked to store balloons in the First Aid office)
Each ceremony will be approximately 1 to 1.5 hours in length.
No, food and drinks are not sold or permitted in the Mark Twain Building. Drinking fountains are available in the main lobby. In the event of a medical incident, please see First Aid in Room 202 for assistance.

Use your cell phone to call (314) 516-5155. If there isn't an emergency but a nurse is needed, visit First Aid (Room 202) just inside the main entrance doors. 

Yes. All candidates come to the stage, their names (and Latin honors, if applicable) are read, they are congratulated by the Provost and Chancellor, and photos are taken by Grad Images.
Diplomas will be mailed to graduates 6-8 weeks after the ceremony, when grades have been computed and each candidate's eligibility for graduation is confirmed. If you have a question about how your name will appear on the diploma, contact Debra Meyers in the Registrar's Office at (314) 516-5548.