December 2022 A&S Commencement Ceremony Details

3 p.m., Saturday, December 17, 2022, at the Mizzou Hearnes Center

Note: the A&S Commencement Ceremonies are for undergraduate students only. If you are graduating with an advanced degree (MA or higher) please visit the Graduate School website for your commencement details.

This web page contains important information about the upcoming commencement ceremony for December 2022 graduates.

All information here is also emailed to our graduates' official Mizzou email account (missouri.edu).

We expect each ceremony to last approximately an hour and a half.

Your family and friends do NOT need tickets to attend; however, seating for guests is first come, first served.

Ceremony

Regalia

All graduates must wear regalia to participate in commencement. This can be purchased from the Mizzou Store.  

Honors Students

If you are a recipient of Latin or departmental honors, you can pick up your university honors medallion in the Mizzou Store. You can also purchase an A&S Honors Cord.

Check-In, Parking, and Entering Arena  

– Check-in and guest seating will be available 45 minutes before your ceremony start time.

– All graduates must check-in no later than one half hour before your ceremony start time on December 17, which is 30 minutes prior to the ceremony start time.

– Graduates will check in and receive a reader card. Staff will help graduates find seats and provide plenty of help during the ceremony when it is time to be recognized and receive the diploma cover. The important thing is to check in no later than one half hour before your ceremony start time.

– All graduates should enter through the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse.

– Graduates will not be able to leave their belongings in a secured place. We strongly recommend you do not bring in a purse or bag.  

– ADA access is through the east and west side. Event staff will direct guests to the seating area.

– At the end of the ceremony, graduates will be directed off the arena floor through the tunnel and exit the facility up the stairs.  

Livestream 

Visit Mizzou's Commencement Page to livestream each ceremony.

Before Ceremony

There are a few last-minute items you may need to take care of before you graduate:

Declare any additional minors or certificates before the end of finals week.

Complete any course repeat forms before the end of finals week. 

Six-month self-paced courses must be completed by January 13 for FS22 grads to allow for grading and posting by graduation deadline. 

If you have any incomplete or NR grades, they will automatically change to an F when grades are finalized for your final semester.

      •If you do not need the course to graduate and it does not drop your required GPA’s below 2.0, your name will be submitted on the graduation list.  

      •If you do not want the F grade on your record and intend to complete the outstanding coursework after the semester is complete, you must contact A&S  Advising Support Services to remove your name from the graduation list. 

      •This policy does not apply to in-process self-paced Mizzou Online courses. 

If you have any transfer credits that have not been sent to MU, you must request official transcripts be sent to MU Admissions.

 

After Ceremony 

•    All tuition and fees must be paid before transcripts or diplomas are released. 

•    Grades are posted the week after the semester ends.  

•    We will verify that all degree requirements are met at that time. You should receive an email with your degree status within three weeks.  

•    December degrees should be posted on transcripts by early January as long as all degree requirements are met.  

•    If you need a transcript with your degree awarded, be sure to indicate that you need your degree posted before it is sent.

•    Diplomas will be mailed to your address you listed on your graduation application approximately 10 weeks after all degree requirements are completed and degrees verified.

•    If you have an international address, you must contact the Office of the University Registrar Diploma Unit by email to arrange mailing.