Academic Affairs


Congratulations on nearing your graduation!



The Fall Commencement Ceremony
will be held on December 20, 2016  at 11:00 a.m. or 7:00 p.m.
in Fulkerson Center.

The ceremony will last approximately one and a half hours.

Students should report to Spratt 214/216 one hour before the starting time of the ceremony they choose to attend.
Watch the Commencement Live!
Click here for the 11:00 a.m. ceremony.
Click here for the 7:00 p.m. ceremony.

Commencement Schedule

On Saturday, December 17, 2016, during Missouri Western State University’s commencement ceremony, degrees will be conferred on all students who have completed graduation requirements in the fall of 2016.  Information will be emailed to graduates in late October, so please make sure you check your Missouri Western email account.  No tickets are necessary.  There is not a limit on the number of guests that can attend.  The ceremony will also be live-streamed. Information with the link for viewing the live-stream will be posted on this site the day of Commencement.


Undergraduates do not order their own cap and gown. These are pre-ordered for you and may be picked up in the Barnes and Noble Bookstore Monday, November 14 through Friday, December 16. The bookstore is open 8:00 a.m to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The commencement ceremony is a formal event recognizing the completion of academic achievement. More regalia information can be found on the traditions page. We appreciate all graduates recognizing and respecting our University’s traditions.


Degree candidates who will graduate with overall university honors wear stoles, which will be distributed during line-up information on December 17. Honor graduates are identified in the commencement program. More information can be found on the traditions page.


The graduates, led by marshals, will march to 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.  Men will remove their hats.  All will remain standing until after the singing of the National Anthem, then be seated.


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 in the small gymnasium hosted by the MWSU Alumni Association following the ceremony.


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

  Additional Commencement Information

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

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

If you have questions…

Regarding graduation eligibility, contact your graduate records coordinator:

❖ Jesse White – 816.271.4230, Currently enrolled undergraduate students with last name beginning with A – G
❖ Judy Chambers – 816.271.4589, Currently enrolled undergraduate students with last name beginning with H – M and all graduate level students
❖ Erin Keller – 816.271.4231, Currently enrolled undergraduate students with last name beginning with N – Z



Regarding graduation announcements, contact the Barnes & Noble Bookstore at (816) 271-4457, or you can view the selection options and place your order on the following web site:


ATTENTION ALL GRADUATES: 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 800-261-2576 or via email at Click on the pre-registration tab and enter the school name (Missouri Western State University) then enter your email information.

Registering your graduate 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.


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.  The caps and gowns will be picked up in the Graduate School office, Popplewell Hall, Room 121, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.  Hoods will be maintained by the Graduate Office until the day of the ceremonies.

All Masters graduates should plan to attend a practice/rehearsal on Friday, December 16.  Details will be emailed in late November.


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.


Students observe many traditions throughout their time spent at Missouri Western, but none as important as those experienced at Commencement.  Click here 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 25,000 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


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


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


Spring 2016, 3:00 PM Commencement celebration in Spratt Stadium.  Watch…

Winter 2015, 11:00 AM Commencement celebration in Looney Sports Complex.  Watch…

Spring 2015, 11:00 AM Commencement celebration in Looney Sports Complex. Watch…

Spring 2015, 3:00 PM Commencement celebration in Looney Sports Complex. Watch…

Fall 2015 Commencement celebration in Looney Sports Complex.  Watch…

Spring 2014, 11:00 AM Commencement celebration, Spratt Stadium.  Watch…

Fall 2014 Commencement celebration in Looney Sports Complex. Watch…