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Commencement Checklist

Certificate recipients

Currently there is no ceremony for certificate recipients. Please refer to our Commencement Ceremony Participation Policy.

Commencement ceremonies

At the University of Missouri, several commencement ceremonies are held over a three-day weekend. The ceremony for all graduate students in all schools and colleges is the Office of Graduate Studies Commencement Ceremony.

Other ceremonies are for professional and undergraduate students . Some schools and colleges, however, recognize their graduate students at their undergraduate or professional commencement ceremonies. Contact your academic program for more information. 

For a complete listing of places and times of ceremonies, please visit the MU Commencement website.

Please note that there are no summer Commencement ceremonies at the University of Missouri, but summer graduates are invited to participate in the fall ceremony. Review our Commencement Ceremony Participation Policy.

Commencement registration

To attend Graduate School commencement, please complete the RSVP form.

Ceremony check-in

Please arrive at the ceremony location one hour prior to the beginning of the event.  For ceremonies being held in the Hearnes Center, students should proceed directly to the fieldhouse.  For ceremonies being held in Jesse Auditorium, students should proceed directly to the second floor.  Signs will direct you to the proper check-in table.  Hooding faculty members should plan to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the ceremony.  


All candidates must wear academic attire at the ceremony. Caps, gowns, tassels and hoods can be obtained from the University Bookstore, 573-882-7611. The deadline to order your cap, gown, tassel and hood is at least 1.5 months in advance of commencement.  Pick up your academic attire early to make certain that the company sent your correct order to the bookstore. 

Tickets and access

No tickets are required. You may invite as many people as you would like. Accommodations are available for people with disabilities. Visit the Commencement site for more information about guests, access, parking and lodging.

Privacy holds

Placing a privacy hold on your student record will prevent us from releasing any information without your written request. This hold will prevent your name from appearing in the commencement bulletin distributed at all of the graduation ceremonies. If you would like your name to appear in the bulletin, log on to Student Center in myZou and select Privacy Settings from the dropdown menu in Personal Information. If you cannot access myZou, supply the Graduate School with written permission (include full name and eight-digit student ID number) at least two months before the last day of classes. E-mails cannot be accepted as a form of permission. This should be delivered to 125 Jesse Hall or faxed to 573-884-4997. If you have any questions, please send an e-mail notifying the Registrar’s Office to:


Chappell Graduation Images provides a candid photography service at commencement. Graduates are photographed as they receive their commemorative diploma covers. View and order photos online at There is no obligation to purchase these pictures. You will receive proofs approximately one week after graduation.

Questions regarding commencement

If you have questions about any of the information provided, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies or 573-882-6311 (toll free at 800-877-6312).