Academic Affairs

December 16, 2017 Commencement

Congratulations on nearing your graduation!

The Winter Commencement Ceremony will be held on December 16, 2017
at 11:00 A.M. in the Looney Complex Arena.

The ceremony will last approximately one and a half hours.


Tickets are not necessary.

Graduates should report to the small gymnasium in the

Looney Sports Complex at 10:00 A.M.


Important commencement  information will be sent to your
Missouri Western email in November.

Commencement Schedule

On December 16, degrees will be conferred on all undergraduate students who have completed graduation requirements in the fall semester of 2017 during Missouri Western State University’s commencement ceremony.

Graduates should report to the small gym of the Looney Complex no later than 10:00 A.M.  At this time family and friends are welcome to go into the Fieldhouse Arena where the ceremony will take place.

Following the ceremony, graduates and guests are invited to a reception in the small gymnasium of the Looney Complex.  This reception is sponsored by the MWSU Alumni Association.

 General Information

Keep checking your Missouri Western email for important information and updates. Information will be emailed to graduates in November.

Call the Registrar’s office, 816.271.4211, to make changes to your address or make your own changes online in your secure profile area.

If you have questions regarding graduation eligibility, please contact the Registrar’s Office in Eder Hall, Room 102 or call 816.271.4211.



Graduates will receive a diploma cover on the day of the ceremony with a congratulatory note from President Robert Vartabedian. The Registrar’s Office will mail your diploma approximately 6 – 8 weeks after your graduation to the address listed on your graduation application. Please be sure your mailing address is updated.

Please note that official transcripts with graduation information and the MWSU diploma will not be released if any financial obligation exists with the University.


Undergraduates do not order their own cap and gown. These are pre-ordered for the graduating students and will be picked up between Monday, November 27, and Friday, December 15, in the Barnes and Noble Bookstore. The bookstore is in Blum and open 8:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.


Degree candidates who will graduate with overall university honors wear stoles, which will be distributed during line-up on December 16. Honor graduates are identified in the commencement program.


A note from the Photography Company – GradImages is the official photographer for our Commencement. Proofs will be sent to your home and via email within three to five days after graduation. Pictures can be ordered online, by phone or by mail. Graduation Images can be contacted at Click on the pre-registration tab and enter the school name (Missouri Western State University) then enter your email information.

Registering your email with GradImages provides them with the information they need to deliver your graduation proofs to you in a timely manner. Giving them an accurate mailing address and email address will allow them to get your proofs to you on the first try. You may also provide them with email addresses of up to six friends and family members to allow them to celebrate in the accomplishment.


You may contact the Barnes & Noble Bookstore at 816.271.4457 to inquire about graduation announcements. You may also view the selection options and place your order on the following website:


The processional will begin promptly at 11:00 A.M. The graduates, led by marshals, will march from the small gym into the arena and up the center aisle and remain standing. Faculty will then proceed to their seating areas and remain standing as the Platform Party processes to the platform. All will remain standing until after the singing of the National Anthem. Men will remove their hats during the singing of the National Anthem.


After the singing of the Alma Mater and the close of the ceremony, the Platform Party will lead the recessional, followed by faculty and then students. All guests are asked to remain seated until the graduates have processed out of the Looney Fieldhouse.


All graduates, along with their families and friends, are invited to attend a receptIon held in the small gymnasium inside Looney Complex hosted by the MWSU Alumni Association.


If any physical accommodations for graduates are necessary, please contact Academic Affairs (816) 271-4234.


Tickets are not required for admission. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis, so guests are encouraged to arrive early.


Students observe many traditions throughout their time spent at Missouri Western, but none as important as those experienced at Commencement. Click page to see all the traditions that will be observed on the graduate’s special day.


Congratulations and welcome to the Missouri Western Alumni Association! As a graduate of Missouri Western, you join an organization of more than 28,000 people from all 50 states. As a member of the Alumni Association, you will receive Missouri Western magazine twice a year, access to the Griffon Alumni Online Community, and opportunities to gather and connect with fellow alumni. For more information on what the Alumni Association has to offer you as a graduate, go to



Students Graduating with Masters Degree

Special Hooding Ceremony of Graduate Students – A special hooding ceremony will be held for graduate students receiving their Masters degree. This ceremony will be held Friday evening, December 15. More information will become available soon. 

Caps and Gowns – Caps and gowns for those receiving Masters degrees will be special ordered (sizes should have been indicated on your application for graduation).  You will be notified through your Missouri Western email account when the order has arrived. Hoods will be maintained by the Graduate Office until the day of the ceremony.



Additional Commencement Information


Guests may find our Campus Map helpful.


Noisemakers and balloons are prohibited at the Commencement ceremony. Smoking and the use of tobacco products and alcohol are also prohibited. Please see our Alcohol Policy and Tobacco Use Policy.


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For questions and additional information, please call 816-271-4364 or email


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For questions and additional information, please call 816-271-4364 or email