Students who anticipate graduating must file an application for graduation before the end of the fourth week of the semester in which they intend to graduate. Commencement is optional and participating in commencement does not mean that a student has graduated. The application for graduation triggers a degree check. The degree check is conducted following the recording of grades for the semester in which the student anticipates graduation. All degree requirements must be fulfilled, including documentation of all requirements in UMKC's Registration & Records Office before the next semester after anticipated graduation begins. Diplomas may be picked up in person in the Registration & Records Office beginning 40 days following the last day of the semester. Diplomas that are not picked up in person will be mailed two weeks after they are initially made available. Replacement and duplicate diplomas can be ordered for a small fee from .