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Graduation and the surrounding ceremonies are a wonderful way to finish your college career. Use this information to make sure you are able to walk across that stage.

Apply for graduation at least two semesters before you plan to graduate for early feedback from advisors on graduation requirements.

Check the academic calendar for application deadlines.

Undergraduate Students (B.B.A., B.S.A.)

Apply through Pathway

Once the completed application is received, the Bloch School Student Services Office will conduct a degree audit. If you submit your application two semesters in advance of the term you plan to graduate, you will receive a graduation audit and a follow up audit before the start of your final term. If you turn your application in by the Registrar’s published deadline, you may receive only a graduation audit. The audit will be sent through Connect to your UMKC student email.

Graduate Students (M.B.A., M.P.A., M.S.A., M.S.E.R.E., M.S.F.)

  1. Apply through Pathway
  2. Complete the Program of Study form (PDF). Be sure to hand-sign it.
  3. Submit completed forms to the Bloch School Graduate Programs Office, 418 Bloch Executive Hall. If you turn the application in to the UMKC Registrar’s Office it will not be processed.

You can access grades and course information in Pathway. This site gives instructions on where grade information can be found.

Once the completed application is received, the Bloch School Student Services Office will conduct a degree audit. If problems are discovered, you will be contacted via UMKC email, phone or mail with additional information. You will receive a copy of your completed degree audit via mail along with additional graduation information.

IPh.D.
Contact the School of Graduate Studies.

Regalia (cap, gown, hood, etc.) is ordered through the UMKC Bookstore.

The December 2019 Graduation Fair will be held on Tuesday, October 8 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Wednesday, October 9 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the UMKC Bookstore.

…I am not finished with all of my classes?
Yes. You must be within six hours of having your degree requirements completed.

You will need to fill out your application for graduation form for the semester in which you will finish your degree (not participate in the ceremony).

Contact the Bloch Student Services Office if you are planning on participating in a ceremony even though you will not be finished with your program requirements until the following semester.

Questions? Contact the Bloch School Student Services Office.

…I missed the application deadline?
Maybe. It depends on how long ago the deadline was.

Contact our office at 816-235-2215 immediately for your options.

Latin honors are for undergraduate students only.

If you are receiving Latin honors you will be notified prior to graduation.

For information on the requirements for Latin honors eligibility, please click here.

The Bloch School participates in many honorary societies. If you qualify for membership you will be invited to join in writing.

2019 December Commencement
The Bloch School mid-year commencement ceremony will be on Saturday, December 14 at 1:00 p.m. at the Swinney Recreation Center. Details about the ceremony will be sent to fall candidates via UMKC email in early October.

2020 Spring Ceremony
The Bloch School Spring 2020 ceremony will be on Friday, May 15, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. at the Swinney Recreation Center. Details about the ceremony will be sent to spring and summer candidates via UMKC email in early March.

Additional information about graduation can be found on the University’s Commencement website.

Dear Prospective Graduate:

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation! The faculty and staff of the Bloch School are proud of you and your accomplishments.

As a candidate for graduation, you are receiving this email because you have submitted an application for graduation for either the spring or summer 2019 semesters, allowing you to participate in the May commencement ceremony.

You recently received an email from Provost Barbara Bichelmeyer announcing the May Commencement Ceremony. The ceremony is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 14, 2019, in the Swinney Recreation Center, 5030 Holmes Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64110.

Please note: Tickets will not be required, but space may be limited, so your RSVP is requested.

RSVP
Please go to www.umkc.edu/commencement to RSVP for the ceremony. If you are unable to access the site you may email your RSVP to Krystal Schwenker at schwenkerk@umkc.edu. Using the RSVP site, you may also request any special accommodations your guests may require (wheelchair access, etc.). Phone inquiries should be made to the Student Services Office, 816-235-2215.


CAPS AND GOWNS

If you are planning to participate in the commencement ceremony, please go to the University Bookstore to purchase regalia and other graduation memorabilia. There will be a Graduation Fair in the UMKC Bookstore located in the Student Union on Tuesday, October 8, starting at 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Wednesday, October 9, at 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

You will be required to have regalia to participate in the ceremony.

Please try on your regalia. If either your mortarboard or gown does not fit correctly, contact the UMKC Bookstore immediately for exchanges.

You should look for the following colors of tassels and hoods by your degree program. The font color has been changed to help show the color of your tassel and hood (hood for graduate students only):

Tassel Hood
BBA Drab (roughly this color) n/a
BSA Drab n/a
MBA Drab Drab
MSA Drab Drab
MSF Drab Drab
MPA Peacock (roughly this color) Peacock
MSERE Red Red

PARKING
Students and guests may park in Cherry Street Garage with overflow parking available in the Rockhill parking structure on Saturday, December 14, for the graduation ceremony. Tickets will be issued if you park in a handicap space without authorization or block a driveway. If you have guests with special mobility needs, please make a notation on the RSVP website at www.umkc.edu/commencement/.


LIVE STREAMING
UMKC Special Events will provide live streaming of the event. Graduation ceremonies can be viewed live and downloaded for free 3 days after they are complete. If you would like a digital copy or to request a DVD, please contact Jim Gaar by emailing gaarj@umkc.edu.


SCHEDULE
12:00 p.m.
Report to Pierson Auditorium for robing. Bring only the academic regalia you will be wearing. Please arrange to have your guests take any excess baggage (purses, bags, etc.). There will not be security available to protect personal belongings and you should not plan to carry anything with you into Swinney Recreation Center.

Once you have robed, you will need to pick up your name card. Cards will be distributed from tables set up in the auditorium and will be arranged by program in alphabetical order. The 3” by 5” card gives your name and a number designating your position in the procession. Please check the spelling of your name. If your name is difficult to pronounce, please provide it phonetically on the RSVP website. Keep this card with you to hand to the announcer at commencement!

Undergraduates Only: If you are graduating with Latin honors you will receive a medallion to wear with your regalia. You will be notified if you qualify for Latin honors toward the end of November. Keep in mind Latin Honors are determined by the GPA of the last 60 hours completed at UMKC, not your overall UM GPA. Here is a link to more information regarding how Latin Honors are calculated- https://www.umkc.edu/registrar/graduation/. Your Latin Honor medal will be available with your name card on the day of graduation.

12:50 p.m.
Processional begins at 12:50 p.m. sharp from Pierson Auditorium to the Swinney Recreation Center. Please line up by 12:45 p.m.

1:00 p.m. –
Procession enters Swinney Recreation Center. The procession begins with the degree candidates and ends with members of the faculty and other platform members. Seating is a complicated process, so watch your Marshal as they will lead you to the correct area. There should be no gaps in seating arrangements.

Remain standing at your seat until the Chief Marshal tells you to be seated. Listen to the speaker’s instructions to know when to stand for recognition and watch your Marshal to know when to follow him/her to the stage.

When directed, you will process by row to the right side of the stage, ascend the ramp and hand your 3″ by 5″ name card to the announcer.

As your name is announced, you will cross the stage, shake hands with the Dean, shake hands with the Chancellor/Provost, have your picture taken, descend the steps on the side of the stage, pose for a second picture, and walk between the faculty seating to the aisle where your faculty marshal will meet you to direct you to your seat. Please do not exit under the section rope barriers and do not leave any gaps in the seating when you return to your seat.

At the end of the ceremony, all graduates and participants will leave Swinney Recreation Center in a formal recessional. All participants exit in reverse order (Deans and Faculty, followed by degree recipients). To avoid congestion please do not stop in the Swinney lobby or immediately outside the doors. Make arrangements to meet your family and friends away from the building’s entrance.

DIPLOMAS
Students will receive a diploma cover at the commencement ceremony. Diplomas and official transcripts reflecting the conferral of your degree will be available from the Registration and Records Office, room 115 of the Administrative Center, starting Monday, January 20, 2020.

***Following graduation, please continue to check your UMKC student email for any updates to Latin Honors or outstanding degree requirements after final grades have been posted.

Again, on behalf of the Bloch School faculty and staff, we are proud of your accomplishments and it is a joy to celebrate this special milestone with you. Please keep this email as a reference. There will be no formal rehearsal and we want things to go as smoothly as possible for you on this important day. This will be the only correspondence. Please direct questions to Bloch Student Services, Bloch Heritage Hall, Room 115, or 816-235-2215.

My congratulations and best wishes to you!

Brian Klaas, Ph.D.
Dean