FAQ’S for Commencement and Honors Ceremony

How do I know if I am eligible for honors and what type of honors I am receiving?

Students who are eligible for the Honors Convocation will receive an e-mail invitation to their University e-mail account. Students should contact the commencement liaison for their school or college if they have questions regarding eligibility to participate. A listing of the commencement liaisons can be found on the commencement website at http://commencement.missouri.edu/contact.

The My Degree (mydegree.missouri.edu) link is located under Helpful Links in the student center.  On this page, you can review your permanent address, name, degree, honors and expected graduation date.

Do I have to invite a mentor?

It is optional to invite a mentor.  In the past, about one-third of the students who participate in honors invite a mentor.

How do I invite a mentor?

In the honors e-mail invitation you received in your University e-mail account, the link (https://musis2.missouri.edu/honor_mentor/honor_page.cfm) to the honors website has the information at the bottom of the website page for inviting a mentor to the honors convocation.

Are seats available for family and guests at the Honors Convocation?

Yes, seating is available for family and guests and tickets are not required.

Is there handicapped seating available for family and guests at the honors ceremony?

Jesse Auditorium is the location for the December honors ceremony.   Handicapped parking is available in the Turner Avenue garage, south of Jesse Hall, and in the Conley Avenue garage, west of Jesse Hall.  There are no restrictions on Friday evening after 5 p.m. or Saturday or Sunday except in fire lanes, loading zones etc.

Mizzou Arena is the location for the May honors ceremony.  The north side of Mizzou Arena at the pullout on Champions Drive is wheelchair accessible and most convenient for persons with disabilities to be dropped off and picked up.   There are handicapped-designated parking spaces located in the parking lots.  All of Lot I directly north of Mizzou Arena is reserved for handicapped parking.  Mizzou Arena event staff will be available to direct you to the handicapped designated seating.  The Mizzou Arena elevator to access the lower sections 106-104 and 106 are located on the southwest corner of the building. The arena has plenty of seating available for all family and guests with handicapped seating available on certain levels.

My original mentor cannot attend honors with me, so I would like to choose another mentor but the website will not allow me to enter my new mentor’s name. 

You will need to have your original mentor enter your information on the mentor’s website and decline your invitation.   Once this step has been completed, you will be notified with an e-mail to your University e-mail account.   Then you will need to enter your new mentor’s information on the honors website, so they will receive an invitation.

I graduated in December and was eligible to participate in the December honors ceremony but did not attend the honors ceremony.   I decided to participate in my school/college commencement ceremony in May, so I would like to participate in the May honors ceremony.

Students are eligible to participate in the honors ceremony during the term they are graduating.   Since you did not participate in the December ceremony, you can still receive your medallion.   Please visit the Office of the University Registrar, 125 Jesse Hall to receive your medallion.   You will need to show your student Id when you pick up the medallion.

I was not able to attend the honors ceremony.   Can I still receive my medallion? Do you mail out the medallions?  If I cannot pick up my medallion, can a friend pick up my medallion?

Students, who are not able to attend the ceremony, can pick up their medallion in the Office of the University Registrar, 125 Jesse Hall the Monday following commencement weekend.   Please bring your student Id with you at the time of pick up.  Our office hours are Monday- Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you cannot pick your medallion up, you can authorize someone else to pick the medallion up for you.  You would need to send with the individual a written permission letter authorizing them to receive your medallion.  (E-mail permission can’t be accepted.) 

Please make sure in the letter that you include your name, student Id number, the name of the individual picking up the medallion, sign and date the letter.  The individual who picks up the medallion will have to present a picture id.

The honors lists are retained, so there is no rush to pick them up.

The Office of the University Registrar does not mail medallions.

I am studying abroad this term and will not be able to participate in the honors ceremony this term.   Will I be able to participate in the ceremony next term?   Also, since I am eligible for honors but will not be able to attend, can I receive my medallion; will it be mailed to me?

Students usually participate in the honors ceremony during the semester they are receiving their degree.   However, we understand that there are extenuating circumstances, like studying abroad during your last term.   For extenuating circumstances, the University Registrar has to approve a student’s request to participate in the honors ceremony during another term.   You will need to submit a letter to the University Registrar (information below), explaining your extenuating circumstances preventing you from participating in the honors ceremony during the term of your graduation.  Your letter should be sent to Brenda Selman, Assistant Vice Provost & University Registrar-MU, 125 Jesse Hall, Columbia, MO  65211-1140.  See the question above about picking up your medallion if you cannot attend.

I do not have any Academic Regalia, so where do I go to obtain Academic Regalia?

The Mizzou Store can assist you in obtaining your academic regalia.   You can visit the Mizzou Store in the Student Center on the corner of Hitt and Rollins Streets or contact them at (573) 882-7611.

Are tickets required for commencement ceremonies at the University of Missouri?

You should check with the school or college for the ceremony you are planning on attending.  For a listing of contact information for each school or college, please visit the commencement website at: http://commencement.missouri.edu/contact.

I am graduating from my school/college (e.g. College of Arts and Sciences, Business) and have received the invitation for the Honors ceremony. Do I have to go to both ceremonies? I only want to go to the Honors ceremony. Do I need to notify my school/college I will not be attending their ceremony?

It is not mandatory that you participate in any of the graduation ceremonies at MU.  However, both of the ceremonies are completely different.

As far as notifying your school/college, you will need to contact your school/college about the requirements for graduates to RSVP.  For more information on your school/college ceremony, you should contact your school/college or visit their website.

I received an e-mail about graduation but I am not graduating this term.   Who do I notify?

Each Academic Unit is responsible for setting the expected graduation dates for their students.   You will need to contact your academic advising office of the change.  For a listing of the schools and colleges, please visit the website at http://www.missouri.edu/academics/schools-colleges.php.

I am graduating this term and need to order announcements for my graduation.   Can you provide me with their contact information?

Graduates may order standard or customized announcements for their graduation ceremony from C.B. Announcements using the toll free number (800)433-0296.

I graduated this term and I want to order photographs from the professional photographer who shot pictures at my graduation ceremony.   Can you provide me with their contact information?

Graduates may order photographs from their graduation ceremony by contacting GradImages using the toll free number (800) 261-2576 or by visiting their website at http://clients.gradimages.com/.

Contact information for GradImages can be found on the University registrar commencement website at http://commencement.missouri.edu/announcements.

I am serving as a mentor for the Honors convocation but cannot find the information on the ceremony?

Please log onto the mentor website to review the information on the honors ceremony.

https://musis2.missouri.edu/honor_mentor/mentor_page.cfm

I was sent an e-mail inviting me to the honors ceremony but accidentally deleted the e-mail with the website information.   Can you please send me the website?

The link to the website (https://musis2.missouri.edu/honor_mentor/honor_page.cfm), which you can access at any time during the term.

What are the dates for the May or December commencement ceremonies?

The dates for commencement weekend can be found on the Provost’s website at http://provost.missouri.edu/ under Academic Calendars.  The individual ceremonies are not set until approximately one year prior to commencement.   Once the individual ceremonies have been set, they will be posted on the Commencement website at http://commencement.missouri.edu/events.

What about my Office 365 e-mail account?   When will it expire?

Office 365 student email remains active indefinitely for all students after leaving the University.   No request to keep the student email account is necessary.

For additional information about your email account, please contact Tech Support at 573.882.5000

What about renting a wheelchair for someone in my family?

There are several companies in the local area that rent wheelchairs.

Numotion, local number is 443-2212

https://www.numotion.com/

DW Auto

https://www.dwauto.com/

573-449-3859

Kilgore’s Pharmacy

https://kilgoresrx.com/

North Columbia
700 North Providence

573-442-0194

South Columbia

1608 Chapel Hill Road

573-447-4444

D&H Drugstore

https://www.dhdrugstore.com/

1814 Paris Road

573-777-7373

1001 West Broadway

573-777-7333

What about accessibility access to and from the facilities for family and guests?  

Jesse Auditorium

The entrance on the south side of Jesse Hall is handicap accessible.  Wheelchair space is reserved at the front of the auditorium on either side.

Hearnes Center

The east entrance is wheelchair accessible and most convenient for persons with disabilities to be dropped off and picked up.  The majority of handicapped designated parking spaces also are located on the east side, with a few spaces available on the west side.   Limited handicapped-designated seating is available.  The Hearnes Center elevator also is accessible from the east entrance.

Mizzou Arena

The north side of Mizzou Arena at the pullout on Champions Drive is wheelchair accessible and most convenient for persons with disabilities to be dropped off and picked up.  There are handicapped designated parking spaces located in the parking lots.  All of Lot I directly north of Mizzou Arena is reserved for handicapped parking.   Mizzou Arena event staff will be available to direct you to the handicapped designated seating.   The Mizzou Arena elevator to access the lower sections 106-104 and 106 is located on the southwest corner of the building.

Where should my family park for my ceremony?

Jesse Auditorium

Parking is available in the Turner Avenue garage, south of Jesse Hall, and in the Conley Avenue garage, west of Jess Hall.  There are no restrictions Friday evening after 5 p.m. or Saturday or Sunday except in fire lanes, loading zones etc.

Hearnes Center

Free parking is available in the Hearnes Center parking lot.   A majority of the parking is east of the Hearnes Center.  The recommended entrance is from Stadium Boulevard to Champions Drive.  There is also parking available on the west side of the Hearnes Center and at Memorial Stadium using the Mick Deaver entrance.

Mizzou Arena

Free parking is available in the Hearnes Center parking lots and the lots to the south and east of Mizzou Arena.  From the south:  Providence Road to Mick Deaver Drive, left to Lot P (south of Mizzou Arena).  From the east:  Stadium Boulevard to Champions Drive.  From the north or west:  Providence Road to Mick Deaver Drive, left to Lot P (south of Mizzou Arena) or Stadium to Mick Deaver Drive, then east on Champions Drive.   The Stadium Boulevard/Champions Drive entrance one block east of Champions Drive is a good alternative.

Visitors who encounter parking difficulties may call the MU Police Department at 882-7201.