This website will be your official source for information. Please read the information carefully to make sure you have the best possible experience on your commencement day.


The university will begin combining May and August commencement ceremonies in 2016.  The university will continue to award degrees in both May and August but there will be no August ceremony. Students who apply to graduate before April 1 will be listed in the May commencement program as August graduates. Students who apply to graduate after that date will be listed in the December commencement program.  August 2016 graduates may elect to participate in either May  2016 or December 2016 ceremonies.

NOTE: doctoral candidates must be completely finished to walk in the ceremony. If you finish in August, your only option will be to walk in December.

Contact your academic advisor for more details. 

May ceremony information will be mailed to May and August candidates in March.


 SPRING 2016

 Saturday, May 14  

 Sunday, May 15

 10 am Ceremony
 Mark Twain Building
 - College of Arts and Sciences I  
   (sciences, humanities)*      
 - School of Fine and Performing Arts
 2 pm Ceremony
 Mark Twain Building
 - College of Arts and Sciences II  
   (social sciences)* 
 - School of Social Work  
 6 pm Ceremony
 Touhill Performing Arts Center
 - College of Optometry
 2 pm Ceremony
 Mark Twain Building
 - College of Education
 - College of Nursing
 6 pm Ceremony
 Mark Twain Building
 - College of Business Administration
 - UMSL/WU Joint Undergraduate
   Engineering Program

*College of Arts and Sciences majors click here for Ceremony I and Ceremony II breakdowns.


Congratulations on your pending graduation!
The University of Missouri–St. Louis hopes you will participate in the commencement ceremony as a way of celebrating your accomplishments. Follow the steps below to ensure you have signed up to graduate:
  1. Apply to graduate. If you haven't, be sure to contact your academic advisor today!  
  2. Register for commencement at the Triton Store during the Graduation Kick-Off! That is where you will purchase your cap and gown**.

**Please be sure to purchase from UMSL's vendors to purchase the correct commencement attire:
- Oak Hall Cap and Gown Co
is the official UMSL vendor for caps and gowns
- Jostens is the official UMSL vendor for announcements and rings)

Pre-register your email with Grad Images for your commencement photos. Be sure to enter University of Missouri–St. Louis and get $5 off orders of $25 or more! Questions? 1-800-261-2576 or

You will receive your diploma in the mail 6-8 weeks post ceremony.