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Northwest Missouri State University

Spring Commencement (Photo by Darren Whitley)

Ceremony Information
Summer Commencement Exercises

1 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 12, 2014

Bearcat Arena of the Lamkin Activity Center


Lining Up In the Student Rec Center  

Graduates should be in line in the Student Rec Center and ready to enter the arena no later than 30 minutes before  the ceremony. The Student Rec Center is located at the end of the long hall going north on the 2nd floor of the Lamkin Activity Center.

Graduates do not line up in alphabetical order. You will be grouped with the college you indicated on your cap and gown order form. If you have a double major, you may pick which college you would like to graduate with. A faculty member will be there to help graduate students in the proper way to hold the hood. 


Ladies - Dresses or nice slacks, blouses with no collar. You will need to velcro the white collar to the neckline of your robe. 

Men - Shirt and tie. 


Processions will begin promptly at 1 p.m. with the platform party and graduates entrance into the arena. You will be led into the arena by a banner carrier. The Commencement Coordinator will instruct you on where and when to sit. 

Process For Crossing the Stage

The college dean will instruct you when to rise and move forward to the stage. An honor marshal will guide you to and from the stage. The deans of the respective colleges will shake your hand and give you a diploma cover. (Your actual diploma will be mailed approximately six weeks after graduation). You will have your picture taken as you shake President Jasinski's hand and then again offstage in front of the Northwest backdrop.

After all candidates have returned to their seats, degrees will be conferred by the President. At this point, the tassel is moved from the right to the left side of the cap (mortarboard).

At the conclusion of the ceremony, the Alma Mater will be sung. The words will be printed in the program found on each graduates chair. You will be directed to move from the back to the front when leaving the arena. Please move out as quickly as possible, as this will help alleviate the congestion around the doorways.

Return your rented [hood] and gown within 45 minutes of the conclusion of the ceremony. The cap and tassel and honor cords (if applicable) are yours to keep. 

Information For Your Family Members

Doors to the arena open one hour before each ceremony for guests. Guests ARE required to have a ticket for the winter ceremony and each graduate participating are allotted 6 tickets.  

The circle drive will be closed off in front of the arena for standby emergency vehicle use. Only those needing special assistance will be permitted to be dropped off in front of the arena. The lot west of the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building is reserved for handicapped parking.

For safety reasons, the aisles and the area closest to the stage in Bearcat Arena is off limits for pictures during the ceremony.

If you have further questions pertaining to commencement, please feel free to contact Gina Bradley, University Event Coordinator, at 660.562.1143 or e-mail

Who Am I?

College of Arts and Sciences

College of Education and Human Services

Melvin D. and Valorie G. Booth College of Business and Professional Studies

All Master's and Specialist Degree Candidates

If you have a major in a certain teaching discipline, you are to participate with the college under which that major lies. Example: agricultural education -- Booth College of Business and Professional Studies.