The University of Central Missouri will be the hub of activity Friday and Saturday, December 9-10, as 2016 Fall Commencement exercises get underway in the Multipurpose Building. According to a press release from UCM, thousands of visitors are expected to converge on Warrensburg and UCM for this weekend which honors nearly 1,800 students who have fulfilled requirements for undergraduate and graduate degrees.

UCM President Charles Ambrose will present the commencement remarks in each of three ceremonies. Commencement weekend begins at 6 p.m. Friday with the graduate ceremony, with 1,170 individuals who have qualified for degrees, will be the largest event of the weekend. Some 604 undergraduates have qualified to participate in ceremonies planned for 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday.  Degree candidates within the Adrian and Margaret Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies and the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences will be recognized in the morning ceremony. Degrees will be conferred upon graduates of the College of Health, Science and Technology and the College of Education in the afternoon.

Other commencement activities include the College of Health, Science and Technology’s Nursing Recognition Ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. in Hendricks Hall. The Honors College and Department of Nursing will conduct a joint reception from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Elliott Student Union 236-240. The final event of the day will be the Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony conducted by the Department of Military Science and Leadership at 4:30 p.m. in the Alumni Chapel.

Individuals who want to learn more about Fall Commencement are encouraged to go online at This website also has a link that will allow interested individuals to watch each graduation ceremony via live streaming video. Broadcast by the UCM Media Network begins about 30 minutes before the start of each event.

Kurt Parsons