School of Education Newsletter

April 28, 2021 Spring v.4

Registered for Classes Yet? Schedule an Advising Appointment Today!

You can still set appointments with your advisor online for the Summer and upcoming Fall semesters!
Undergraduates who are not currently admitted to the Professional Program will need to make an appointment with Kyle Morehead. Undergraduates who are currently enrolled in the Professional Program will need to make an appointment with Meghan Dooley. Appointments can be made through UMKC Connect. You can find a how-to guide for using Connect here. Advising appointments will still be held through virtual and phone-based formats. However, if you need an in-person advising appointment, please contact your academic advisor to make arrangements for an in-person meeting.  
Graduate students can reach out to your faculty advisor with any questions. If you are unsure who your advisor is, you can contact your academic division:
  • Counseling and Counseling Psychology 816-235-2492,
  • Educational Leadership, Policy and Foundations 816-235-2716,
  • Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies 816-235-2245.
For any other issues or questions, feel free to contact Student Services at

In-Person Commencement Scheduled May 15 & 16 at Kauffman Stadium

The University of Missouri-Kansas City is pleased to announce that in-person ceremonies honoring 2020 and 2021 graduates will be hosted on Saturday, May 15, and Sunday, May 16, at Kauffman Stadium. 
UMKC will host four ceremonies in Kauffman Stadium, three dedicated to the class of 2021 and one dedicated to 2020 graduates returning for the ceremony. Graduates will be able to cross the stage, with COVID-19 restrictions in place. Each graduate is limited to two guests for the in-person ceremony. Limitations are in place so UMKC can observe the city and the stadium’s social distancing guidelines for keeping the public safe during the pandemic. The commencement ceremonies will be livestreamed for guests that will be unable to attend. Parking at the stadium will be complimentary.

UMKC is working diligently with groups across campus to plan this in-person Commencement celebration, including External Relations, Student Affairs and the Student Government Association. Details about the Spring Commencement ceremony are still being worked out and information is being updated here. If you need to add additional guests please send an email to Please include your name, degree program and the number of additional tickets you are requesting. Names on the waiting list will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional information about ticketing will be available soon and will be coming from the Chancellor’s office, via email. 

On-Campus COVID Vaccinations Available to Students, Faculty, and Staff

COVID-19 vaccinations are available by appointment for UMKC faculty, staff and students through our School of Pharmacy. The University will be offering a first-dose vaccination clinic at the Health Sciences Building on Friday, April 30. Second-dose appointments can be made at the clinic.

If you were unable to attend the April 16 mass vaccination event on campus or the upcoming School of Pharmacy Friday clinics but would like to be vaccinated, there are two options to make an appointment for COVID-19 vaccines at Truman Medical Centers/University Health:

1) Call (816) 404-CARE (2273) and press option 1 (available for all UMKC students, faculty and staff).
2) Register online for the TMC/University Health COVID-19 Vaccine wait list (must be a Missouri resident).

What to expect:

  • TMC/UH is not accepting walk-ins at this time.
  • After making your appointment you will receive a text message confirming your appointment date and time for your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Masks are required for your appointment. Please bring your ID and insurance card.
  • You will be screened for symptoms.
  • The federal government covers the cost of the vaccine itself, and we bill your insurance to cover the administration of the vaccine. You will not receive a bill. If you do not have insurance, you will still receive the vaccine at no cost to you.
  • Once you receive the vaccine, you will be monitored for 15 minutes for any reactions, and your second dose will be scheduled. 

    TMC - Health Science District (Hospital Hill)
    University Health 2 building – free parking across the street
    2211 Charlotte St., Kansas City, MO 64108

Free COVID-19 Testing for Students

Rapid COVID-19 testing is available free and by appointment to all students, faculty and staff, whether or not they are experiencing symptoms. Testing takes place in a convenient drive-up clinic that allows those being tested to stay in their vehicles. The test involves anterior nose swabbing, much less discomforting than interior nose swabbing. Results take about 15 minutes. Testing is provided by appointment, so visit the following link to schedule your test today!
For information on vaccinations in Missouri, including distribution tiers, FAQ, and vaccine registration, you can follow the link here.

Lavender Graduate and Pride Awards Banquet

Lavender Graduation is celebrated at colleges and universities across the country, honoring the success and achievements of LGBTQIA+ students. UMKC has celebrated our Lavender Graduates since 2005, inviting current students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends to welcome a new class of Roos to the Lavender Graduate family.

We invite all graduating students, current students, and UMKC faculty, staff, alumni and friends to join us virtually for this special tradition on Wednesday, May 5 at 6:00 PM on the Office of Student Involvement YouTube channel.

Kangaroo Pantry

The Kangaroo Food Pantry is an on-campus resource that provides assistance to members of the UMKC community dealing with food insecurity. In addition to filling physical food needs, the pantry also organizes the Kangaroo Pantry Meal Donation Program.

Main Location - 4825 Troost (on the UMKC shuttle line) In-person shopping or online ordering 
Hours:  Tues 1:30-5:30 pm, Wed 1:00-5:00 pm, Thurs 1:00-5:00 pm. If these hours are not convenient, call 816-235-1457 or email and arrangements can be made.

Satellite Location – Student Union near Jazzman’s Café, whenever Union is open.
Satellite Location – School of Medicine, Rm 1-402, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm when UMKC is open.

Mental Health Resources for UMKC Students

During this ongoing public health crisis, it is important that we remember our own mental health. UMKC is committed to the health and success of its students and has provided several resources for monitoring and tending to our mental wellbeing. For mental health resources for UMKC students, check out the links below. 

Mental Health Resources - General Resources for mental health education and assistance.
Roos for Mental Health - A campaign that creates opportunities and provides resources to enhance proactive self-care strategies among students, staff, and faculty. 
Sanvello - A free app, provided by UMKC, that offers users features such as a journal for daily mood tracking, coping tools, progress assessments and guided journeys designed by clinical experts to help users feel better and more in control.


UMKC leadership have been working with public health officials and medical experts to develop a comprehensive set of guidelines to help protect the health and safety of our community. Together, we can keep UMKC safe for all Roos. Our community members are expected to take proactive steps to monitor their personal health, stay home if they are feeling unwell and take measures to help protect our entire community. Based on CDC recommendations for universities, here is what UMKC asks us to keep in mind: Health and Safety.

Additional Campus Preparations and Protocols can be below:

Dates & Deadlines

  • May 5 - Lavender Graduation Online Ceremony, 6:00 PM
  • May 7 - Last day to change credit to audit (grad)
  • May 14 - Last day of class
  • May 8-14 - Final Exams
  • May 15 & 16 - Commencement at Kauffman Stadium
  • May 17 - Course work begins (Summer Intersession)
  • May 17 - Last day to add courses without instructor signature, Last day for 100% refund(Summer intersession)
  • May 18 - Final Grades due by 5:00 PM
  • May 20 - Last day to drop course and not have it appear on transcript, Last day for 50% refund (Summer intersession)
  • May 24 - Course work begins (Summer 5 week session)
  • May 25 - Last day for 25% refund (Summer intersession)
  • May 25 - Last day to add courses without instructor signature, Last day for 100% refund (first 5 week session)
  • May 31 - Memorial Day Holiday, University Closed

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