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Northwest Missouri State University

Spring Commencement (Photo by University Photography)

Commencement Ceremonies

Winter Commencement (Graduation) Exercises

 Friday, Dec 14, 2018 

10 a.m.
School of Agricultural Sciences
School of Business
School of Education

3 p.m.
Graduate School (Master's, Education Specialist, Doctoral) 
College of Arts & Sciences
School of Communication & Mass Media
School of Computer Science & Information Systems
School of Health Sciences & Wellness (includes Behavioral Sciences)


All ceremonies to be held in Bearcat Arena in the Lamkin Activity Center


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Commencement Day

Attention Graduates

Tickets ARE NOT required for guests for the Winter 2018 Commencement ceremony.

Lining Up

You will need to be at your line-up location no later than 30 minutes before your ceremony. Doors to the arena will open 1 hour prior to each ceremony for your guests to be seated.  
Line up in the Student Rec Center, located just north of Bearcat Arena, at the end of the hallway adjacent to Bearcat Arena.


Business casual


Processions will begin promptly with the platform party and graduates entrance into the arena. You will be led in by the banner carrier for your college/school. The Commencement Coordinator will instruct you on where and when to sit.

Process For Crossing the Stage

You will be instructed when to rise to be presented for degrees. You will then be asked to sit back down and released one row at a time by the commencement coordinator to go to the stage. (This alleviates graduates standing and waiting for a long period of time to go to the stage, and impairing the vision by those you're standing in front of.)

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 again 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 then be directed back into the Rec Center to return your gown/hood. If you would like to come back into the auditorium/arena for photos with your family in front of the backdrop, you may do so until 45 minutes after the conclusion of your ceremony.

Please make a plan for meeting up with your family and other guests after the ceremony.  

Return your rented [hood] and gown to the Rec Center within 1 hour 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.  

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.

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Who Am I?

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Fine and Performing Arts
  • Art
  • Music
  • Theatre
Department of Natural Sciences
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Geology
  • Nanoscale Science
  • Nursing
  • Physics
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Geography
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
Department of Language, Literature and Writing
  • English
  • Languages
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
  • Mathematics

Professional Schools

School of Agricultural Sciences
  • Agriculture
School of Business
  • Accounting/Economics/Finance
  • Marketing/Management
School of Communication and Mass Media
  • Communication
  • Mass Media
School of Computer Science and Information Systems
  • Business Education
  • Computer Sciences
  • Information Systems
School of Education
  • Career Education
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Educational Leadership
School of Health Science and Wellness
  • Health
  • Nutrition/Dietetics
  • Physical Education
  • Recreation
  • Child/Family Studies
  • Counseling
  • Psychology
  • Sociology