Academic Affairs

December 15, 2018 Commencement

Congratulations on nearing your graduation!


The Fall Commencement Ceremony
will be held on December 15, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in the Looney Sports Complex.

The ceremony will last approximately one and a half hours.

More information will be sent at a later date to your Missouri Western email.

Commencement Schedule


On December 15, 2018, degrees will be conferred on all undergraduate and graduate students who have completed graduation requirements in the fall semester of 2018 during Missouri Western State University’s commencement ceremony.

Timeline for graduates and their guests:

  • 9:45 a.m. –  Doors open to Looney Complex. Guests may enter the gym. Graduates will report to the small gym.
  • 11:00 a.m. –  Processional begins

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

General Information

Keep checking your Missouri Western email for important information and updates.

Call your records coordinator listed below to make changes to your address or make your own changes online in your secure profile area.

  • Jesse White, Undergraduate students with last names beginning with A – B, 816-271-4224
  • Judy Chambers, Undergraduate students with last names beginning with C – K, 816-271-4589
  • Erin Keller, Undergraduate students with last names beginning with L – Z, 816-271-4231

If you have questions regarding graduation eligibility, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (816) 271-4211.

Tickets are not required for admission at the Looney Sports Complex.  Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tickets will be needed in the case of inclement weather. More information will be coming soon regarding the Inclement Weather Plan.

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 weeks after your graduation term 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 you and can be picked up in the Barnes and Noble Bookstore on campus at a time close to Commencement. We will update this info when we know the exact dates. Bookstore hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Degree candidates who will graduate with overall university honors wear stoles, which will be distributed during line-up information on December 15. Honor graduates are identified in the commencement program. More information can be found on the traditions page.

In the unlikely event of inclement weather that would cause postponement of the commencement ceremony, it will be rescheduled at a later time. Those dates will be posted soon.

There will be accessibility seating available. When entering the gym, ask one of the Staff Volunteers for assistance.

Noisemakers, balloons, and coolers will be 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.

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 place an order on the following website:

The processional will begin at 11 a.m. led by faculty, then graduates.  Faculty and graduates will then proceed to their respective seating areas and remain standing as the Platform Party processes to the platform.  Men will remove their hats and all will remain standing until after 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 gym.

All graduates, along with their families and friends, are invited to attend a reception to be held in the small gym immediately after the ceremony. This reception is sponsored by MWSU Alumni.

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

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 Master’s Degrees

Hooding Ceremony for Graduate Students – A Hooding ceremony will be held in Fulkerson Center for graduate students receiving their master’s degree. This ceremony will be held December 14, at 7:00 P.M.  Graduate students should report to Spratt 214/216 at 6:15 to sign in and pick up their hood. Students will process into Fulkerson at 7:00 P.M. A reception will follow.

Caps and Gowns – Caps and gowns for those receiving Master’s 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.

Inclement Weather Plan – In the unlikely event of inclement weather on Friday, the hooding ceremony will take place during the commencement ceremony on Saturday.

Additional Commencement Information


Guests may find our Campus Map helpful.


Looking for lodging near Missouri Western State University?  Click here.

Please note:  Graduates may not wear spiked heeled shoes on the field.  Only wedges or flat shoes will be allowed.

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