Preparing for Graduation


Congratulations Lincolnites! As you enter your final semester at Lincoln University, there are several important dates and details about graduation you will want to know. 2024 Commencement info - coming soon!

Robert and Charlene Mitchell Auditorium
Richardson Fine Arts Center
710 E. Dunklin St., Jefferson City, MO 65101
Questions about the ceremony? Email:

For those guests who wish to join their graduate on campus but do not have a ticket, overflow viewing will be available in Scruggs University Center Ballroom. 

May 10-11, 2024

Ceremony Dates

Lincoln University of Missouri — Fort Leonard Wood

  • School of Nursing Pinning Ceremony


Lincoln University of Missouri — Jefferson City

TBD   Richardson Fine Arts Center
  • Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • Department of Humanities and Communications
  • Department of Science, Technology, and Mathematics
  • Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Liberal Studies
  • School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Nursing Pinning Ceremony


  • Each graduate will receive EIGHT (8) tickets. Tickets are required for attendees ages three and up.
  • Tickets will only be released to graduates.
  • Doors will open for guests one hour before the ceremony.
  • There will be a security checkpoint, so please consider time for this process as you plan your and your guests’ arrival. 


  • Jason Gym Lot reserved for Graduates
  • Mitchell Hall Lot reserved for Platform Guests 
  • Martin Luther King Hall Lot reserved for Media and Staff
  • All other lots are open for guest parking 
  • Accessible parking is available in the Mitchell Hall parking lot. Guests with mobility issues may also be dropped off in the circle driveway of Richardson Fine Arts Center.
  • Link to campus map.

Ceremony Participation Policy

Students must satisfy all academic and financial requirements to be eligible to participate in the commencement ceremonies.


Cap & Gown 

All graduates participating in commencement must wear the appropriate attire.  You MUST purchase your academic regalia and invitations through Jostens. Be sure to allow enough time for delivery.


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Graduation Honors Information 

Students receiving a BA, BLS, or BS who have completed sixty (60) hours at Lincoln University, and who have a cumulative GPA (including coursework at other universities) of 3.2 or above will graduate with honors.

GPA 3.2 - 3.5: Cum Laude honors
GPA 3.6 - 3.7: Magna Cum Laude honors
GPA 3.8 - 4.0: Summa Cum Laude honors



Degree Filing

You must complete an application for graduation before you can participate in a graduation ceremony and receive a diploma.  The deadline to file for degrees:

  • Filing deadline for Fall 2023 graduates is September 20, 2023.  
  • Filing deadline for Spring 2024 graduates is February 14, 2024.


Commencement Questions?

Please direct all questions about Commencement ceremonies to:
Academic Questions?
Office of the Registrar
B4 Young Hall
820 Chestnut Street
Jefferson City, MO 65101
P: (573) 681-5011
Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.