Participation In Commencement Ceremony

It is the responsibility of the student to apply for graduation preferably one year prior to the anticipated graduation date, but not later than 30 days prior to the graduation ceremony.

Two commencement ceremonies are available each academic year.

  1. Fall Commencement Ceremony - Independence, MO
    1. The only ceremony for those earning graduate degrees during the academic year – MEd, MAR, MSN, and DNP. Verification by the Registrar that all degree requirements are anticipated to be completed by the end of the spring trimester will permit participation in the Fall Ceremony. Petitions are not required for these graduates to participate.
    2. The only ceremony for those earning School of Nursing baccalaureate degrees during that academic year -- BA, BAH, BSN, and BSNH. Verification by the Registrar that all degree requirements are anticipated to be completed by the end of the spring trimester will permit participation in the Fall Ceremony. Petitions are not required for these graduates to participate.
    3. An optional ceremony for all other baccalaureate graduates during the academic year. Petitions are required for graduates who anticipate completion of requirements by the end of the spring trimester/semester. Petitions are considered by the Curricular Adjustment Committee (CAC).
  2. Spring Commencement Ceremony - Lamoni, IA
    1. The ceremony for those earning baccalaureate degrees during the academic year, excluding School of Nursing BA, BAH, BSN and BSNH. Petitions are required for graduates who want to participate in the ceremony and are not registered for all required courses, but anticipate completion of requirements by the end of the calendar year. Petitions are considered by the Curricular Adjustment Committee (CAC).
  3. Graduates who finish degree requirements during the academic year will attend a ceremony during that academic year, and will not be allowed to choose to attend a ceremony during the next academic year.