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Main campus commencement

Spring commencement exercises at the main campus have been postponed, and the April dates have been canceled. The Spring commencement ceremonies have been rescheduled for December 19, 2020. Currently, the times are 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

The main campus hosts commencement ceremonies at the end of the Fall 16-week semester and the Spring 16-week semester. These ceremonies are held in the Southwell Complex Gymnasium on the historic Columbia College campus in Columbia, Missouri. The next ceremony is:

  • Dec 19, 2020 - Deadline to sign-up is Oct 16, 2020

In Fall, currently there are two ceremonies which take place at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The ceremonies last approximately 120 minutes. Each ceremony is open to all master's, bachelor's and associate degree candidates who register and meet the eligibility requirements. See the commencement schedule for more details about the ceremonies.

Spring 2020 Ivy Chain will not take place at the Fall 2020 main campus commencement ceremonies.

Students may alternatively participate at one of our ceremonies nationwide, or both the main campus and a nationwide ceremony.

Register for commencement 

The deadline for the main campus commencement ceremony registration is approximately two months prior to the ceremony. Openings are limited for each ceremony, so early sign-up is recommended. The electronic order form is located in CougarTrack under forms and is titled "Application for Commencement Ceremony." Please visit the student instructions page for more details. If there are any questions about the commencement ceremonies, students may contact the Office of the Registrar at (800) 231-2391, ext. 7526 or (573) 875-7526 or their Columbia College location.

Please be aware that each main campus ceremony is streamed live on the Internet. By signing up for a main campus ceremony, you have agreed to participate in a live streaming event.


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