Candidates for graduation should arrive no later than 8:30 a.m. Please enter the Community of Christ Auditorium through the west entrance, and take the stairs to the lowest level. All candidates for graduation must check in at the Registrar’s table in the hallway across from the assembly room to receive their card to be presented when crossing the stage. Check-in at the Registrar table must be completed by 9 a.m. Candidates will then proceed to the assembly room.
The Student Marshals will begin giving instructions promptly at 9:30 a.m. in the assembly room, lower level of the Community of Christ Auditorium. PLEASE BE PROMPT. At 9:45 a.m., the Student Marshals will lead you into the main chamber for final lineup. Men should watch for cues for removing and replacing mortarboards. All candidates will sit and rise with the Student Marshals. Seating of the candidates for graduation is reserved, and the number of seats in each row is carefully counted to ensure all candidates have a seat. Please follow the instructions from the Student Marshals to finish each row before starting a new row. Disregarding these instructions could cause a miscount and result in someone else losing a seat. There is no reserved seating for guests.
Proper attire will include business professional dress with the appropriate graduation regalia: caps, tams and gowns. Graduate candidates will carry their hood to the stage where they will be hooded by faculty or administration during the ceremony. Extra decoration on gowns is not allowed with the exception of approved honor cords or sashes and the nursing pin. Tasteful, appropriate decoration on mortarboards is allowed, but profanity (even implied) will not be permitted. Mortarboard decoration should not impede the view of other attendees.
Graduates should rise and be seated as directed during the ceremony. You will sit with others being awarded the same degree, but it is not necessary to sit in any particular order. All candidates will be asked to rise for the conferring of degrees. You will then move as directed and hand your card to the individual reading names before you cross the stage. You will receive your empty diploma cover and return to your seat. When exiting the stage, take care not to catch your sleeve on the handrail and watch your step. If you have not yet received your actual diploma, it will be mailed once graduation requirements have been audited.
Following the ceremony, please exit the main chamber by following the Student Marshals.
Photographs and video – A professional photographer will be taking photos of each graduate as they cross the stage and during the handshake. The photographer will send information directly to you by email for your convenience in ordering. We will also video stream the commencement ceremony.
Pi Eta Chapter – STTI Honor Society members may purchase a set of STTI honor cords for $20. Please make your request by email to Jane Garrow: firstname.lastname@example.org. Your honor cords will be set aside to be picked up prior to the Nursing Recognition Ceremony event. Please make checks payable to Pi Eta and mail to Jane Garrow, Graceland University, 1401 W. Truman Road, Independence, Missouri, 64050.
Alpha Chi, a national honor society that recognizes and promotes outstanding academic achievement in all areas of study
Phi Alpha Theta is an academic honor society whose mission is to promote the study of History through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among Historians.
Sigma Tau Delta is an international excelled English honor society for students of English who are within the top 30% of their class and have a 3.5 GPA or higher.
Omicron Delta Epsilon, one of the world’s largest academic honor societies, is an international honor society in the field of Economics.
Transcripts are obtained from Registrar’s office. If your balance is zero with Graceland at the time of graduation, you will receive a transcript with your diploma. There is a $12 charge for subsequent transcripts.
In the event of inclement weather, Graceland will make every effort to ensure that participants are made aware of changes to the schedule. One way we will notify everyone is through the GU Alert system. Please be sure to sign up here.
Immediately following commencement until 2 p.m.
Join us in celebrating the graduating class of 2022 on Graceland’s Independence Campus located at 1401 W Truman Rd, Independence, MO 64050.
Enjoy light refreshments, check out the Spirit Shop and enjoy photos with family, friends, and faculty. There will also be a special gift for our graduates.
Family and friends are welcome!
Area lodging information for out-of-town graduates & guests
Graceland’s Independence campus has contracted with Drury Inn and Suites and Stoney Creek to give our graduates and their families special rates and amenities while they are visiting.
Drury Inn and Suites – Independence
I-70 & Little Blue Parkway
20300 E. 42nd Street S., Blue Springs, MO 64015
Ask for the Graceland rate when booking.
Drury Inn and Suites (5 stories) is a Midwest, family-owned hotel chain which provides outstanding accommodations and is highly rated by visiting students. This rate is good for a standard double queen or standard king. The hotel has many amenities: free deluxe hot breakfast buffet, free hot food buffet and cold drinks each night from 5:30-7:00 p.m.; free wireless internet; one free hour of long distance calls each night; indoor/outdoor pool & whirlpool; business center; fitness center; guest laundry; and a microwave and refrigerator in all rooms. The Independence Center shopping mall is nearby as are theaters, restaurants, Barnes & Noble, and Starbucks. Approximately five miles from Graceland University.
Reserve your Drury Inn rooms on their website using our corporate number #322085. Your negotiated rates will automatically populate based on the specific hotel chosen and the dates of stay. You may also call 1.800.325.0720 and provide our Graceland University corporate code.
Stoney Creek Hotel – Independence
I-70 & I-470
18011 Bass Pro Dr., Independence, MO 64055
Nestled within the falls of Crackerneck Creek, you can enjoy the beautiful nature views and many recreation opportunities along the one mile walking path surrounded by a small lake. Located minutes away from Graceland University, its central setting makes it easy to visit the campus then experience world-famous barbecue and world-class arts and entertainment. Approximately nine miles from Graceland University.
To secure rooms at the Graceland rate, use this website link. It will take you directly to our rate. No need to type any promo code, etc.
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