Commencement

DETAILS FOR A&S IN-PERSON Commencement CEREMONIES 

A&S May and August 2021 graduates are invited to participate in an in-person commencement ceremony on Friday, May 14 at Mizzou Arena. This ceremony is for all undergraduate students in A&S. Graduate students will participate in Graduate School commencement ceremonies.

We look forward to recognizing our graduates, while taking a variety of measures to keep everyone safe. Participating graduates will receive six tickets for guests. Tickets will be grouped in “pods” that are socially distanced from others while following health and safety protocols, such as wearing face coverings. To provide additional access, the ceremonies will also be live streamed. Please visit the Mizzou Graduation and Commencement website often, https://commencement.missouri.edu/ for the latest campus commencement information.

Mortar Boards.    Happy Graduate

UPDATED 5/10/2021

Campus shared an article about the upcoming in-person commencement ceremoines on the Show Me Mizzou website. You can read that article by following this link:

https://showme.missouri.edu/2021/commencement-2020-2021-what-you-need-to-know/

College of Arts and Science In-Person Commencement Ceremony Information

Note - Each of the three Arts and Science in-person commencement cerimonies will be live streamed.

Please click Livestreams or go to https://livestream.com/accounts/13547932/events/9625953

On this website, you will find all of the information specific to attending the College of Arts and Science in-person commencement ceremony. If you have any questions about the upcoming in-person commencement, please email MUASCommencement@missouri.edu

The floor filled with graduates

Ticket Information

Overall Ticket Policy and Procedure

The University of Missouri's central office is setting and handling all in-person commencement ticketing for all schools and colleges, including A&S. Please visit their webpage here: https://commencement.missouri.edu/commencement/events/tickets-venue/  for ticket policies. Due to the ongoing pandemic, we can not veer from these campus-wide instructions. They are in place to insure everyone can enjoy a safe and meaningful in-person ceremony.

Participating graduates will pick up their tickets at The Mizzou Store during the assigned pickup dates (listed below), which includes the day of the commencement ceremony. The Bookstore will have extended hours on commencement weekends. Visit The Mizzou Store’s website for hours.

  • Tickets cannot be mailed, but the Mizzou Store will open an hour earlier than the earliest ceremony on Friday, May 14 for ticket pick up.
  • Tickets can only be picked up by the commencement participant and graduates will need to show their Mizzou ID.

Regalia 

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

Honors Medallion Information - Students can pick up their honors medallions at The Mizzou Store starting May 10, the same date tickets become available.

Check-In and Parking

Check-in and guest seating will be available one hour before your ceremony start time.

1 p.m. ceremony (last names A-G): All graduates need to check in at Mizzou Arena lower level by 12:30 p.m.

4:15 p.m. ceremony (last names H-O): All graduates need to check in at Mizzou Arena Lower level by 3:45 p.m.

7:30 p.m. ceremony (last names P-Z): All graduates need to check inat Mizzou Arena lower level by 7 p.m.

All graduates should enter through the Mizzou Arena loading dock entrance. Graduates are encouraged to park (or be dropped off) at the southwest corner of Lot P behind Mizzou Arena, closest to the path to the entrance. 

ADA access will be located at the south lobby of the Mizzou Arena. Event staff will direct graduates to the check-in location. 

After entry and check-in, graduates should access the Mizzou Arena floor via the southwest tunnel and sit in their designated seat on the Arena floor. 

After each ceremony, graduates will be directed off the arena floor through the southeast tunnel and exit the facility up the stairs into Lot P. 

For safety, congregating on the floor or concourse is prohibited.

Masks and social distancing are required at all times. 

Map of Parking

Click to download a printable version of Mizzou Arena information and map 

Here are some before commencement items graduates should review:

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 June 4 for SP21 grads (August 20 SS21 grads) to allow for grading and posting by graduation deadline. 

University policy states students may not graduate with any incomplete (I) or not reported (NR) grades.  If you have an incomplete or NR grade, it will automatically change to an F when grades are finalized for your final semester 

If you do not need this 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 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 MU Admissions. 

During Ceremony 

Graduates will check in, receive a reader card and have a professional commencement photograph taken. Staff will pre-seat graduates, 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 12:30.  

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.  

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. 

May degrees should be posted on transcripts by early June and August degrees by mid-August 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 permanent address 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.   


2021 A&S Graduates In-Person Commencement, Friday, May 14:

Ticket pickup is May 10-14.

Deadline to update your RSVP in the myZou Graduation Application is May 3.


Email sent to students on April 13, 2021

All undergraduates who indicated they plan to attend commencement on the myZou graduation application received an email confirming their attendance and ceremony day and time on 4/13. In addition, information about tickets, requesting accessible seating, and nominating a faculty or staff member for recognition at graduation was included.  

Tickets 

Graduates are eligible to receive a block of six tickets for their ceremony if they indicated on the Graduation Application that you plan to attend your commencement ceremony. There is no need for graduates to tell us how many tickets they need – if they have marked “yes”, they plan to attend on the myZou graduation application they have received an email on April 13 confirming their attendance and ceremony day and time.  

Tickets may be picked up from The Mizzou Store, which will open an hour earlier than the earliest ceremony on Saturday and Sunday for ticket pick up. Reservation deadlines and pick up are as follows. 

IMPORTANT: Deadlines for changing your RSVP and ticket pick-up: 

Accessibility 

If graduates have any accessibility needs, please email us to specify how we can assist.  

A limited number of accessible seats are available. If guest(s) require accessible seating, email us to specify which type of seats should be reserved: Wheelchair accessible or limited mobility/limited stairs.  

We need your request for accessible seating no later than May 2.  

Due to social distancing requirements, accessible seating may be reduced from full capacity. Those who request accessible tickets fraudulently (without a party member with an accessibility need) may be relocated or removed from the event. 

Note: every ceremony will be live streamed so that family and friends who cannot attend in person will be able to celebrate, too. The livestream link will be available the week before commencement. 

Nominate a faculty or staff representative for your graduation ceremony!

Do you have a favorite Arts and Science professor, advisor, or staff member you would like to see recognized at your ceremony? Fill out this nomination form by April 30! All nominees will be notified – and deeply grateful for your consideration. 

Important end of semester academic reminders:

  • Graduates need to complete the MU Outcomes Survey so that we can learn more about their post-graduation plans.   

  • If a graduate does not intend to graduate in May or August, please contact us with the new anticipated graduation date so we can update this important information in myZou.   

  • Complete any minor and certificate forms, before graduation.  

  • “I” (incomplete) or NR (Not Reported) grades will automatically turn to ‘F’ grades when final semester grades are posted.  If these course credits are not required for to graduate and do not drop the graduate’s GPA below 2.0, graduates are still eligible to earn their diploma. If graduates do not want to graduate with the ‘F’ on their transcript and intend to complete the incomplete coursework after the spring 2021 semester is over, contact us immediately so we can update our records accordingly.  Outstanding Mizzou Online self-paced courses do NOT change to F.   

  • Complete any outstanding course repeat forms through the Registrar’s Office. These forms must be completed before the degree is awarded.  


Email sent to students on March 19, 2021

The College of Arts and Science undergraduate commencement ceremonies will take place on Friday, May 14. This ceremony is for all A&S undergraduates, including those who are being recognized for Latin and departmental honors. Please note: if you are earning the Honors certificate you will be invited to the Honors College commencement ceremony.  

Your specific ceremony time, information on tickets, and information on how to request accessible seating will be sent to your email shortly after April 9th if you indicated on the graduation application that you plan to attend. The A&S ceremony times are divided by last name.

  • 9:45 a.m. Additional Arts and Science ceremony (if needed)
  • 1 p.m. Last Names A-G
  • 4:15 Last Names H-O
  • 7:30 p.m. Last Names P-Z

Commencement May 2015 podium

Students MUST apply for graduation and confirm their in-person commencement attendance 

The application is required for all graduates, whether you plan to attend the graduation ceremony or not. If you do plan to attend a graduation ceremony, you must submit your graduation application in myZou no later than Friday, April 9. Please use the link below to fill out the application and confirmation.

https://mizzouone.missouri.edu/task/all/apply-for-graduation

The following is a tentative timeline of when students can expect additional emails with in-person commencement details. Students should be checking their missouri.edu email for this information. We will post the same information, directions, and links on this webpage the day the emails are sent.

April 12
Email will be sent to graduates with reminders. It will contain an online form to request accessible seating. That form will be due Friday, April 30.

April 28
An email final reminder will be sent to participating graduates with instructions and reminders.

May 6
A final email with a review of important instructions will be sent to all participating graduates.

If you have any questions about the upcoming in-person commencement, please email MUASCommencement@missouri.edu.