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COMMENCEMENT AT UMKC. What follows is a brief look at what to expect during the School of Education Commencement at UMKC. Picking up your name (announcing) card in Pierson Auditorium. You will pick up your name card from tables set at the east end of Pierson Auditorium. Photo by Brad Martens.

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commencement at umkc

What follows is a brief look at what to expect during the School of Education Commencement at UMKC.

photo by brad martens
Picking up your name (announcing) card in Pierson Auditorium

You will pick up your name card from tables set at the east end of Pierson Auditorium.

Photo by Brad Martens
announcing cards in pierson auditorium
In May, announcing cards will all be white.

At the December ceremony cards are color-coded by Academic Unit.

Education is light blue.


Photo by Brad Martens

Gather with friends in Pierson Auditorium the day of Commencement.Pick up your name card. Note the poles with degrees. Find the pole with your degree and number to line up by 9:45 a.m.
preparing to march to swinney rec center
Preparing to March to Swinney Rec Center

Line up behind your degree and number sign. Hold onto your name card and prepare to listen to instructions.

Faculty who are not serving as marshals line up in the hallway between Pierson and U-Center 238 preparing to march.
The Brass Ensemble from the Conservatory of Music and Dance plays while the faculty and platform party enter Swinney Rec Center.
Dean Wanda Blanchett

and others will speak throughout the ceremony.

Listen for instructions on when to rise and when to come forward to the stage.

The red arrow marks the trail for doctoral hooders to follow to the stage. Doctoral students go forward to the RAMP.
Starting with the Master’s degree candidates, graduates will be directed to walk away from the stage, circle behind the bleachers and approach the ramp to the stage. Follow directions please.

Approach the stage by walking up the ramp.

Hand your card to Dr. Miller at the podium closest to the ramp.

the ramp to the stage
The ramp to the stage.

Students go up this ramp to the stage.

Photo by Brad Martens

Dean will be here

After handing Assistant Dean Timmerman your card, greet the Dean and others and cross the stage until you reach the stairs on the left.

Photo taken here

You will be posed for a photograph just after you come down the stairs.

After smiling for the camera return to your seat through the CENTER aisle.

Remember. . . .

Approach stage from ramp

After handing your name card to Dr. Miller, you will walk towards the dean to receive a diploma (cover).

Cross the stage.

You will be directed to the stage. Hand your card to Assistant Dean Timmerman, walk to Dean Blanchett and others to receive congratulations, cross stage, stop for a photo, then return to your seat via the center aisle.

Dean Blanchett will hand you a diploma (cover) and congratulate you. Several others will greet you as you cross the stage.

Once you exit the stage you will be posed for a photograph. You then should return to your seat via the center aisle. Faculty marshals will help guide you.

After everyone has crossed the stage and returned to their seat you will be told to move your tassels!
speakers during the ceremony
Speakers during the ceremony

You will hear several people speak during the ceremony.

You will be directed out of your seats at the conclusion of the ceremony.

You will exit Swinney Rec Center to greet your family and friends.

a huge thank you

All photographs (except for those noted) courtesy of Chappell Graduation Images who graciously chronicle every ceremony.

Gail Metcalf Schartel