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UMKC Health Sciences Campus
Health Sciences Building, Suite 1410
2464 Charlotte Street
Kansas City, MO 64108

Monday—Friday 8:30 a.m.—5:00 p.m.
Closed daily 12:00 p.m.—1:00 p.m.


Graduation and Commencement Information

Congratulations on your accomplishment! We look forward to celebrating with you.

Below is important information. Commencement information will be updated one month prior the next ceremony.

Application for Graduation

Apply for graduation when your Academic Advisor recommends via Pathway (Instructions here). Strict deadlines are set

Purchasing Regalia/Ordering Announcements
Students should plan to purchase regalia, announcements, etc. from the Volker bookstore (may order on-line or in person).  Make sure you order as soon as you can!  Please be sure to try on your regalia before the day of graduation.  You may wish to steam or iron your gown and hood (if applicable) prior to wear.  Please note: It is critical that you purchase the regalia appropriate for your program.  The tassel color for BSN, MSN and DNP degrees is apricot, and the tassel color for Ph.D. in Nursing is gold. The stole for the BSN is apricot.  The hood for the MSN and DNP is apricot, and for Ph.D. the hood is royal blue. The tassel and stole color for BHS is sage. The tassel and stole color for BSPH is salmon. 

It is important to check the University Commencement Website for additional details and information. 

Diploma pick-up and mail information found on the Registrar’s Website.

Fall 2021 Commencement Details

Date: Sunday, December 19th

Time: 3 pm central (please note students should arrive by 2 pm)

Location: T-Mobile Center

Tickets: No tickets for students or guests required. Guests will be admitted on first-come-first-served (Doors will open at 2pm)

Students should arrive in their regalia; there will be nowhere to dress at T-Mobile Center! You will be leaving your seat and going onstage for your name to be read and to be handed the diploma cover, so we recommend that you leave all possessions in your car or with your guests. 

Parking: NO FREE PARKING! Plan accordingly by bringing change/cash for off-street meters (which fill quickly) or one of the various parking garages! T-Mobile’s parking information can be found here:

Name Reading: Only names and degrees will be read at the ceremony (no honors, residencies, dissertation titles, etc.)

Accommodated Guest Seating: Accessible seating for guests with disabilities will be offered. Ushers at doors will help direct to elevators and seats. Accessibility of the stadium here:

Accommodations for Students/Faculty/Staff: An elevator is available to bring you to the floor needed so stairs can be avoided, and students can cross the concourse with the rest of the graduates. There will also be a lift provided for the stage.

Timeframe: Ceremony should be two-hours in length. Students are not permitted to leave before the end of the ceremony.

Commencement Speaker: Will be Courtney Frerichs - Olympian and UMKC alum!

Students Enter the Building: on the east side of the building from Oak street entrance. Check-in, line up on the south concourse, and then go through two vomitories, and then follow directions from UMKC staff there forward.

Live Stream: Commencement will be live streamed at 3 pm on the University Website.

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