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What's the difference between "Graduation" and "Commencement"?

Graduation is having earned eligibility to receive an academic degree or diploma. You must satisfy all of your degree requirements before you officially graduate and receive your diploma.

Commencement is the actual ceremony in which degrees or diplomas are conferred on graduating students. Commencement is not a certification of graduation, but rather a ceremony that celebrates your academic achievements.

What information appears on the student's diploma?

The legal student’s name, degree earned, major(s) and scholastic honors appear on the diploma. Minors do not appear on the diploma, but are on the transcript. Students earning two majors of the same degree type receive one diploma.

When should I receive my diploma?

Graduates will be mailed their diploma within 6-8 weeks after the final date of the semester. Diplomas will be mailed to the permanent address provided on the application for degree that you submitted to the Registrar’s Office or Graduate Office. Any change in address should be reported to the Registrar’s Office at registrar@nwmissouri.edu. 

Commencement FAQ's by Students

I haven't received any information about the commencement ceremonies. Who do I need to talk to?

If you do not receive an informational email and feel you should have, please contact the Registrar's Office at 660.562.1151 to check your status or email commencement@nwmissouri.edu.

Where do the graduates sit?

Graduates will be seated on the arena floor.

What should I do if I have an unusual name to pronounce?

There will be a readers card included with your cap and gown at pickup. The readers card will have your name printed on it, with an area to write phonetic spelling. If you think the reader will have a difficult time pronouncing your name, please complete the phonetic spelling area in clear print. Example: Bobby Bearcat (Ba-bee Bear-cat)

What if I have the wrong name or major on my readers card?

A check in table will be located near cap and gown pick up. The check in table is where you can make any changes to your name and degree information on your readers card.

What time should I be there?

Graduates should arrive no less than 30 minutes before the ceremony.

Where do I go?

All participants should check in at the Student Recreation Center located in Lamkin Activity Center.  

Is there a dress code?

Business casual

How long will the ceremony last?

Graduation ceremonies will last approximately 40-45 minutes. 

Who can I contact for more information?

If you have questions, please contact us at commencement@nwmissouri.edu. 

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