Details for December 2021 A&S Commencement Ceremony

The commencement ceremony for December graduates of the College of Arts and Science is scheduled for Saturday, December 18, at 11:00 a.m. in the Hearnes Center. Tickets are not required.

Find ceremony information for graduating master's and doctoral students on the University's Graduation and Commencement website:

We will continue to update this web page with the most current information about your commencement available. Please check back often for new information. Note: all information on this page will also be emailed to A&S December graduates, so remember to check your email address.

Pre-Ceremony Checklist

Here is your “to do” list, things you must complete before the ceremony (the sooner the better!): 

  • Fill out your graduation application. You can do this here: 

  • Declare any outstanding minors or certificates. Use this website: to declare minors, and this website: to declare certificates. You can verify that all majors/minors/certificates have been submitted on the My Degree website: 

  • Make sure all grade changes have been made (course repeat and incompletes). 

  • Complete any outstanding course repeat/grade change forms at the Registrar’s Office ( Forms must be completed before degrees are awarded. 

  • If you have incomplete or NR grades, they automatically turn to ‘F’ grades when final grades are posted. (Note: This does not apply to self-paced online courses.) If this course is not required for you to graduate and does not drop your required GPA below 2.0, your name will be entered on the graduation list. If you intend to complete the coursework after December and graduate in the spring, contact us immediately so we can remove your name from the December list. 

  • Complete your self-paced courses. Any six-month self-paced courses required for graduation must be completed by the end of the semester.   

  • Remove myZou privacy holds if you want to be included on the commencement program. The Registrar’s Office sent an email in late September to students with privacy holds on release of student information. If you received this email but did not request the hold to be removed by their deadline, your name will not appear in the commencement program. 

  • Purchase your cap and gown! You can do this at the University Bookstore at any time. Note that A&S undergraduate tassels are white.   

  • Graduating with Latin or departmental honors? You will be able to pick up your honors medallion at the University Bookstore in December; confirmation of date to follow.

Ceremony Information

Check-in time at the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse is 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  

Due to the large number of A&S graduates, students must be checked in at the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse no later than 10:30 a.m. to allow time to be seated.

There will be more ceremony-specific information to come.

For general information about MU commencement ceremonies (schedule, parking, honors, FAQ, etc.), see