Instructions for Commencement and Nursing Recognition Ceremony

Commencement Commencement Students in their regalia at graduation

Main Chamber, Community of Christ Auditorium
1001 W. Walnut, Independence, MO 64050
SATURDAY, DEC. 14, 2019 at 4 p.m.

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Candidates for graduation should arrive no later than 2:30 p.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 3 p.m. Candidates will then proceed to the assembly room.

The Student Marshals will begin giving instructions promptly at 3:30 p.m. in the assembly room, lower level of the Community of Christ Auditorium. PLEASE BE PROMPT. At 3:45 p.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 during the ceremony. No extra decorations will be allowed on mortarboard or gowns with the exception of honor cords and the nursing pin.

The deans of academic units will present candidates for graduation by majors. Graduates will rise and be seated when directed. It is not necessary that you sit with others of your major unless directed to do so. Following the presentation by majors, 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 fall. A Student Marshal will be there to assist. 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

Nursing Recognition Ceremony

Dec. 13, 2019

Pinning of BSN Graduates. Pi Eta Chapter - Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Induction Ceremony. By invitation only.

Please RSVP to if you plan to attend. Please indicate the program you completed/will be completing and number of individuals in your party.

Date and Time: Dec. 13, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Place: Community of Christ Temple, 201 S. River Blvd., Independence, MO 64050
Phone: 816.833.1000

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Professional Photographs

A professional photographer will take portrait shots of you during the ceremony. 

Appropriate Ceremony Attire

BSN-RN's - Graceland lab jacket over conservative business attire. Men and women, wear dress slacks/skirt, button down shirt/blouse/sweater and comfortable business professional low heel shoes.

RN-BSN's - Wear business professional attire. Men and women, wear dress slacks/skirt, button down shirt/blouse/sweater and comfortable business professional low heel shoes.

Nursing Recognition Ceremony begins at 7 p.m.

Pi Eta Chapter - STTI Honor Society members may purchase a set of STTI honor cords for $20. Please make your request by email to Urmila Harold: 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 Dr. Urmila Harold, Graceland University, 1401 W. Truman Road, Independence, Missouri, 64050.

Please note - The Community of Christ staff asks for reverence and proper attire to be observed in this place often used for worship services. Tell your family and friends about the reception in the Temple. Please be sure to RSVP to the email address above allowing us to get a better headcount for food. Please let us know the number in your party and if you will be coming to the reception in the foyer immediately following the event.

Graceland University School of Nursing
1401 W. Truman Road
Independence, MO 64050
816.833.0524 ext. 4679 (for questions or inquiries)